Defending American Citizens: The Strategic Defense Initiative

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March 22, 2018 Defending American Citizens: The Strategic Defense Initiative

~ Honoring President Ronald Reagan’s Legacy ~

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC


Welcome and Introduction


Becky Norton Dunlop, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation


Opening Presentations


Sven Kraemer, President Reagan’s National Security Council Director for Arms Control (1981-1987)

and Distinguished Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council

Ambassador Henry Cooper, Chairman, High Frontier; President Reagan’s Chief Negotiator at the Geneva Defense and Space Talks; and former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Office


Commentaries and Historical Perspectives


Peter Huessy, Director of Strategic Deterrent Studies, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, and President, GeoStrategic Analysis – Co-Host and Discussion Leader

Ambassador Robert Joseph, Senior Scholar, National Institute for Public Policy; Professor, Missouri StateUniversity; and former U.S. Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation and former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

Ilan Berman, Senior Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council

Lt. General General Bruce “Orville” Wright, USAF (ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Forces Japan


Adjournment / Light Luncheon Buffet Provided


The President Ronald Reagan Legacy Project will honor the multiple policy initiatives and legacies America inherited as a result of President Reagan’s vision, intentions, and actions that established the foundation for constitutional public policy pointing the way forward even today. Defending the citizenry was among his highest priorities and a role he believed was the central constitutional responsibility of the national government. Our first program will, therefore, address his announcement of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and the goal to protect American security from not only established enemy states, but also rogue regimes or terrorist groups who could launch nuclear weapons on the United States or our allies and examine how this vision is relevant to today’s missile defense challenges.