Whither SDI?

Strategic Defenses In the Next Administration

by Arnold Kanter

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This Note is a revised version of a paper prepared in spring 1988 for a Council on Foreign Relations study group on the "Arms Control Agenda of the Next Administration." Concentrating on the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), this Note describes the programmatic, budgetary, arms control, and political contours of the strategic defense agenda that the new president is likely to confront. It considers the choices the next administration will face on strategic defenses from the perspective of both what it ought to do and what it is likely to do in light of the Reagan legacy it will inherit and the political forces that will operate on it.

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