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Mar 22

Missile Defense: More Critical Than Ever

On March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan called upon the scientific community “to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.”  While the geopolitical landscape has changed since the end of the Cold War, more countries continue to invest in ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads that could fundamentally change our way of life.  Now more than ever, the United States needs a comprehensive layered ballistic missile defense system.

Join us to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) speech.  Our distinguished speakers will discuss the importance of SDI efforts then, their relevance for today’s missile defense programs, and the importance of missile defenses for U.S. national security in the light of today’s diverse challenges.

More About the Speakers

Rebeccah Heinrichs
Fellow, International Relations and Nonproliferation, The Hudson Institute

Thomas Karako
Senior Fellow, International Security Program, and Director, Missile Defense Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Michaela Dodge
Senior Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Moderated by
Sydney J. Freedberg, Jr.
Deputy Editor, Breaking Defense