A modern anachronism : An anatomy of president Reagan's strategic defense initiative

広島平和科学 Volume 8 Page 225-250 published_at 1985
過去1年のアクセス数 : 0
過去1年の本文閲覧数 : 0

今月のアクセス数 : 0
今月の本文閲覧数 : 0
hps_08_225.pdf 944 KB 種類 : fulltext
Title ( eng )
A modern anachronism : An anatomy of president Reagan's strategic defense initiative
Tachibana Seiitsu
Source Title
Hiroshima Peace Science
Volume 8
Start Page 225
End Page 250
Journal Identifire
[PISSN] 0386-3565
[EISSN] 2434-9135
[NCID] AN00213938
With President Ronald Reagan's strategic defense initiative (SDI) or 'Star Wars,' the U.S. has embarked on a double track road for the decades ahead and well into the 21st century: defensive options and in addition offensive systems. The initial vision of a leakproof SDI has receded into differing variants of only partial 'defensive' shields. The history of the nuclear arms race reveals that the side which is the first to achieve certain technological breakthrough cannot for long prevail over the other. SDI technologies, both existing and under development, are no exception, and only exacerbate the vicious circle of offense-defense and action-reaction policies. History also reveals that U.S. promises of 'sharing' SDI technology and 'transition' to a world of SDI are replete with ambiguity and inconsistency. In a world of SDI, the proclaimed 'elimination' of nuclear weapons will not occur 'for many. many years,' with-no assurances of when and how it will be achieved. Problems of nuclear weapons should be expressed differently. Can we live with nuclear weapons 'for many, many years', or do we want to abolish them? Nuclear deterrence has never been and cannot be stabilizing. Attempts by one nation, or a group of nations belonging to either of the opposing blocs, to achieve unilateral 'National' security based on narrow 'national' interest are anachronistic and .incompatible with emerging world interdependence.
Peace Science [ 319 ]
National defence. Military science [ 390 ]
Resource Type departmental bulletin paper
Date of Issued 1985
Publish Type Version of Record
Access Rights open access
Source Identifier
[ISSN] 0386-3565
[NCID] AN00213938