Accession Number : ADA192794

Title :   Future SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative) Decision Making.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Holman, Barry W

PDF Url : ADA192794

Report Date : 29 Mar 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : Nearly five years have lapsed since President Reagan made his now famous speech launching his Strategic Defense Initiative. Yet, polarized debate continues over the program's feasibility, desirability, affordability, goals, and direction. Some claim the program's goals have changed over time, and that today the primary goal is for an enhanced deterrence rather than providing a population defense as originally envisioned. Although the Congress has provided continuing and expanded funding for SDI, a consensus does not exist between the Congress and the Administration over the program's direction and goals. Some concerns exist within the Congress that the Administration is rushing too quickly to reach a decision on initial system development. Others would like to see initial development of a more limited defensive capability than that envisioned by the SDI program. This paper examines the evolution of SDI from a policy standpoint and addresses a series of questions that taken together may suggest parameters for future decision making.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, MILITARY STRATEGY, POPULATION, POLICIES, PUBLIC OPINION, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE