The concept and utility of strategic defense should be evaluated in an embracing cultural context defined by the values, attitudes, and worldview of society—its ethos. The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) responds both to changes in the American ethos and to shifts in the balance of power. Together, these changes have undermined the basis of U.S.

chapter |5 pages


part |42 pages


chapter 1|5 pages

American Ethos and National Security

chapter 3|10 pages

The Challenge to Nuclear Deterrence

chapter 4|8 pages

What Was to Be Done?

chapter 5|4 pages

The Return of BMD

chapter 6|6 pages

A President's Vision

part |57 pages


chapter 7|19 pages

To a Defended World?

chapter 8|5 pages

Arming the Heavens

chapter 9|11 pages

The Transition

chapter 10|11 pages

After the Fact

chapter |5 pages