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Defense Against Nuclear Weapons: Coordinated Strategy Needed Between SDI and Air Defense Initiative
In 1985 President Reagan ordered the creation of the ADI program, which is managed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and is executed by the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In 1983 he had ordered the creation of the SDI program, which is managed by the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO). The ADI and SDI programs were intended to develop an architecture and the technology to address a massive Soviet nuclear attack on the continental United States. The ADI program addresses the threat posed by Soviet cruise missiles' delivered by long-range bombers and submarines and long-range bombers carrying bombs and short-range attack missiles. The SDI program counters the threat of Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
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