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'Star Wars' Concept

October 06, 1985

Scheer's articles point out the enormous constituency that has formed around the "Star Wars" concept. Not only are the established defense contractors churning out multimillion-dollar proposals as fast as they can, but an entire new type of industry is being born to take advantage of the new arms race bonanza. The gleaming buildings of these new high-technology, high-frontier companies are highly visible in the area surrounding Washington. Regardless of any unlikely benefits to the American public in terms of protection, these politically powerful defense contractors will ensure that the "Star Wars" program has a long and rewarding life, at the great expense of the taxpayer.

It is for this reason that I believe that "SDI" is in reality for "Subsidize Defense Industries."

JAMES SALLIS

San Diego

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