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Reagan's Strategic Vision for Missile Defense

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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Richard B. Cheney

Series: Heritage Lecture

Topic: Military and defense (National security)

Keywords: National security; Vice President Dick Cheney; ABM Treaty; Mikhail Gorbachev

Type: Speech

Coverage: United States


In March 1983, President Ronald Reagan announced an initiative to build strategic defenses for the United States with a system to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles in flight--the Strategic Defense Initiative. Reagan's vision of missile defense helped accelerate our victory in the Cold War.