ABM treaty and the SDI program

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U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of Public Communication, Editorial Division , Washington, D.C
Space warfare, Space weapons, Antimissile mis
SeriesCurrent policy -- no. 755
ContributionsSofaer, Abraham D, United States. Dept. of State. Office of Public Communication. Editorial Division
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Pagination3 p. ;
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Open LibraryOL14938690M

Additional Physical Format: Online version: Nitze, Paul H. ABM treaty and the SDI program. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of. National Security Decision Directive The ABM Treaty and the SDI Program [open pdf - KB]. Alternate Title: NSDD The ABM Treaty and the SDI Program National Security Decision Directive directs that the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) Program will not be restructured due to restrictions contained in the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty.

The two pillars to the debate on strategic defense are the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty of and the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) announced by. Soviet violations of the ABM Treaty, the iinple1nentation of our SDI program, and the ongoing arn1s negotiations at Geneva recently caused va1ious agencies to consider more thoroughly than ever before the appropriate interpretation of the ABM Treaty as it relates to futme or 11 exotic11 syste1ns.

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Progressive Management. $; $ FROM its inception, the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) has been on a collision course with the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. This conflict has come to a head with the Senate's approval of a proposal by Armed Services Committee chairman Sam Nunn to amend the ABM Treaty to accommodate SDI.

While the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty limits strategic defenses; the extent of those restrictions is being closely scrutinized because of Strategic Defense Initiative-or SDI.

The Reagan administration's attack was more indirect. As the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) unfolded during the mids, Defense and State Department lawyers strained to interpret the ABM treaty in ways that would allow the Pentagon to develop.

As SDI Director, I also included an expensive GBI system in my architecture. It was the only homeland defense system concept permitted by the ABM Treaty to develop, test and deploy to protect the American homeland. In those days, the political debate focused on where a single GBI site might be deployed, via an amended Treaty.

Contact: Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, () x; Kingston Reif, Director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy, () x Negotiated between the United States and the Soviet Union as part of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, the now-defunct Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty was signed on and entered into force on October 3, Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).

It is the focus of attention both here and abroad. It is, therefore, appropriate that today I discuss the SDI program and especially its relationship to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The ABM Treaty The Anti-Ballistic Missile-or ABM­ Treaty. Make SDI Conform To the ABM Treaty Aug By Mark W.

Goodman Mark W. Goodman is a physicist and research fellow at Harvard's Center for Science and International Affairs. would clearly be inconsistent with ABM Treaty constraints. The pre-SDI program had no such mandate for an early decision on maintaining the ABM Treaty. Visibility: The SDI has much higher visi-bility, and a much higher level of Presi-dential attention,than the previous program of research in BMD-relevant technologies.

The decision to spotlight. The SDI office could have carried out at least one experiment that would have been permissible only under a broad reading of the ABM treaty text, according to a recent Pentagon report. Brilliant Pebbles was a ballistic missile defense (BMD) system proposed by Lowell Wood and Edward Teller of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) innear the end of Cold system would consist of thousands of small missiles, not unlike conventional heat seeking missiles, which would be placed in orbits so that hundreds would be above the Soviet Union at all times.

They reject the idea that a defensive system must be perfect, and want to loosen the hold of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty and Salt II. More than an improvement to deterrence, the goal of SDI is to make a technological leap over the Soviet Union to make its military investments obsolete.

6 minutes ago  We understood the Aegis defense could be developed to intercept ICBMs, but the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty would have banned development and testing such a sea-based ABM system. Thus, Aegis BMD efforts were focused on building a sea-based TMD system, while leaving its potential anti-ICBM capability for future initiatives.

The Soviet proposal had crucial differences.

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It required a non-withdrawal period for the ABM Treaty of ten years instead of five, and it explicitly confined “all space components of anti-ballistic missile defense” to laboratories. This language reflected the Soviet Union’s ongoing suspicion of SDI.

The ABM Treaty was, of course, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, signed in And, just as Helprin said, it was held “sacrosanct” by the Democratic party, and other anti-Reaganites.

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NSDD Meetings with Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev. NSDD Post-Reykjavik Follow-up. In the United States announced the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) ballistic missile defense program, which for a long time became the focus of the ABM Treaty debate.

Later that year the United States accused the Soviet Union of a gross violation of the ABM Treaty, pointing to the early warning radar at Krasnoyarsk. In Mr.

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Weinberger spoke of three justifications for the SDI program: to hedge against a Soviet breakthrough on defensive technologies, to guard against a Soviet breakout of the ABM Treaty, and, finally, "the very real possibility that American science and technology will achieve what appears to some to be an impossible dream.".

The ABM Treaty limited each side to a single ground-based defensive complex. The Russian one around Moscow became operational at about that time, and according to some reports was integrated with a nationwide, treaty-busting network of long-range nuclear-tipped SA-5 surface-to-air missiles with modest ABM capabilities.

SDI research, I made the commitment that this research would be conducted in full compliance with all our legal treaty obligations, and I directed, from its inception, that this program be planned to meet that commitment.

Recently, we reexamined the ABM Treaty and the. The United States had only to agree to confine its SDI research to the laboratory for ten years and commit not to withdraw from the ABM Treaty for five years after that.

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The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), nicknamed the "Star Wars program", was a proposed missile defense system intended to protect the United States from attack by ballistic strategic nuclear weapons (intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles).The concept was first announced on Ma by President Ronald Reagan, a vocal critic of the doctrine of.

In the U.S.-Soviet Joint Statement of 23 Septemberthe Soviets linked their "decision" on Krasnoyarsk to "the goal of strengthening the ABM Treaty regime" (i.e., precisely the anti-SDI gambit described above) and "stressed again the necessity of removing its concerns about the U.S.

radar stations in Greenland and Great Britain (emphasis. However, the Soviets did not end their offensive buildup.

This prompted President Ronald Reagan to suspend the treaty and embark on the SDI program. Of course, there are major differences between the simple ground-based ABM systems limited by the treaty and the far more effective space-based systems being developed by SDI.

An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is a surface-to-air missile designed to counter ballistic missiles (missile defense). Ballistic missiles are used to deliver nuclear, chemical, biological, or conventional warheads in a ballistic flight term "anti-ballistic missile" is a generic term conveying a system designed to intercept and destroy any type of ballistic threat; however, it is.

Well, SDI, our Strategic Defense Initiative, could prove crucial to guarding security and peace for America and her allies. The strategic challenges we face are far different from those inwhen the United States and the Soviet Union signed the SALT I and antiballistic missile treaties.

Gorbachev, however, citing a desire to strengthen the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty), added the condition that any SDI research be confined to laboratories for the ten-year period in question.

Reagan argued that his proposed SDI research was allowed by any reasonable interpretation of the ABM treaty, and that he could not forget the.The Strategic Defense Initiative and American security; an Aspen Strategy Group report.

Lanham, Md., University Press of America, 66 p. LRS Partial contentsThe policy conttxt of the SDI programThe SDI technology programSDI and ~merica's interests abroadSDI and arms control.The SDI research program provides a necessary and powerful deterrent to any near-term Soviet decision to expand rapidly its ABM capability beyond that contemplated by the ABM Treaty.

It also provides insurance against an eventual Soviet attempt to deploy an effective advanced system for defense against ballistic missiles unilaterally.