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.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Past -- American Ethos and National Security -- The SDI Debate as a Legacy of American Traditions -- The Challenge to Nuclear Deterrence -- What Was to Be Done? -- The Return of BMD -- A President's Vision -- Future -- To a Defended World? -- Arming the Heavens -- The Transition -- After the Fact -- Conclusion