Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative

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Update on the Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative

Reagan's Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative and It's Importance Today
President Ronald Reagan's star wars strategic defense initiative was created twenty-five years ago. Yet it is more important now than when it was first drafted. As Reagan foresaw, nuclear proliferation has spread around the world. Today, there are over twenty countries with nuclear capabilities. Some of these nations are hostile to the U.S. and its allies around the world. The star wars strategic defense initiative outlined a strategy for developing space-based missile defense systems that would be capable of eliminating any intercontinental ballistic missile threat to the U.S. The plan was genius, but did meet great criticism. However, despite the critics, elements of the original star wars strategic defense initiative exist today protecting America from ballistic missile threats.

The majority of missile defense installations that exist today are land and sea-based. Both of these missile defense systems do send missiles into space to eliminate an incoming threat. The ideal is to engage and destroy a ballistic missile while it is in stage 1 or stage 2 flight. Stage three is the final stage where the possibility of decoys exists. This makes it more difficult to determine which warhead is the actual one and which ones are fake. However, technology is being developed to address this issue. Reagan's star wars strategic defense initiative has become vitally important in today's world because of the threats facing the U.S. from ballistic missiles and the rogue countries who now have them and use them to threaten the U.S. and the world as a whole.

The need for the U.S. to continue to deploy space-based missile defense systems is critical in a new world where terrorists and rogue nations are determined to strike the U.S. when the opportunity arises. Find out more about Reagan's star wars strategic defense initiative and its ongoing importance in the article, "Reagan's Strategic Vision for Missile Defense"  HERE. Over twenty countries currently have nuclear capabilities, and many more are aggressively trying to obtain them. The question of a nuclear attack somewhere in the world isn't really an issue of "if", but rather "when." Space, land, and sea-based missile defense installations are critical right now to protect the U.S. from hostile enemies around the globe.