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November 17, 1985
Sybert's letter stresses, as do other proponents of SDI, its defensive nature in that it will deter a first strike. Perhaps the Soviets don't see SDI as defensive, rather as actually encouraging a first strike. Their logic might go as follows: "Reagan says he will offer SDI technology, once perfected, to the whole world including us. We don't believe this for a moment. Just as he wouldn't believe us if we were to make a similar offer. And even if he's sincere, what guarantee is there that Presidents to follow would pursue the same course?
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NEWS
June 2, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder warned President Clinton on Thursday that Europeans fear that plans for a U.S. missile defense system could set off a new arms race and provoke fresh instability in Russia. During 90 minutes of official talks and then at a private dinner at an eastern Berlin restaurant, the two leaders verbally dueled over the dangers and protections they foresee if the U.S. launches its reinvention of the 1980s "Star Wars" missile-interception system.
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BUSINESS
May 7, 1991 | Dean Takahashi, Times staff writer
Rockwell International Corp.'s units in Seal Beach and Anaheim are awaiting the announcement of contractors for a major Star Wars defense system known as a space-based interceptor. The Pentagon's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization is expected to select two contractors from a field of six at the end of this month. The winners would develop a network of weapons, based in space, designed to intercept and destroy incoming nuclear missiles.
NEWS
May 19, 2000 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent physicist said Thursday that data brought to light by a Southern California whistle-blower prove that the Pentagon's proposed antimissile system will not work and called for an investigation. Theodore A. Postol, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and leading critic of the proposed system, said that flight test results revealed in a lawsuit by former TRW engineer Dr.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1992 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rockwell International Corp., the diversified technology company, said Monday that its quarterly profit fell 19% as it continued to trudge through the recession. Rockwell reported net income of $122.6 million, or 55 cents a share, for its third fiscal quarter, which ended June 30. That compared to earnings of $151.4 million, or 65 cents a share, for the same period a year earlier. Sales fell 9% to $2.7 billion, compared to $3 billion a year earlier.
BOOKS
June 8, 1986 | F. E. C. Culick, Culick is a professor of applied physics and jet propulsion at Cal Tech. and
"Let me share with you a vision of the future which offers hope. It is that we embark upon a program to counter the awesome Soviet missile threat with measures that are defensive. Let us turn to the very strengths in technology that spawned our great industrial base and that have given us the quality of life we enjoy today." Thus, on March 23, 1983, President Reagan introduced his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), which became commonly known as the "Star Wars" program.
BUSINESS
June 6, 1989
Rockwell International Corp., Canoga Park, won a $38.5-million contract to design and demonstrate rocket engine combustion devices used in the Strategic Defense Initiative.
NEWS
June 13, 1985
The Pentagon's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization has awarded $7 million for research in space energy to a consortium headed by California State University, Long Beach. The consortium, which also includes UCLA, the University of Florida and four private businesses, will investigate ways to produce nuclear energy more efficiently in outer space, said Prof. Richard Williams, dean of engineering at Cal State Long Beach.
NEWS
May 14, 1985
Discovery will carry the first shuttle-borne "Star Wars" experiment into orbit next month along with three communications satellites, NASA and Defense Department officials said. A spokesman for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization at the Pentagon said that an "optical tracking device" will be carried aloft by Discovery's seven-member crew when the shuttle is launched around June 14.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1991
What a fine message to Congress and the world President Bush delivered! America continues as a peacekeeping nation because of our military strength. We are grateful to President Bush, but let us not forget President Reagan's contribution to the maintenance of a strong military. Reagan promoted the Strategic Defense Initiative and pushed for funding. LOUISE BARKER Pasadena
NEWS
May 19, 2000 | BOB DROGIN and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The U.S. intelligence community is writing a secret report warning the Clinton administration that construction of a national missile defense could trigger a wave of destabilizing events around the world and possibly endanger relations with European allies, a U.S. intelligence official said Thursday. The new National Intelligence Estimate will sketch an unsettling series of political and military ripple effects from the proposed U.S.
NEWS
May 8, 2000 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A growing number of arms control and national security specialists are concerned that the unilateral deployment of a national missile defense system would carry political and security costs so great that they would leave the United States more rather than less vulnerable to external attack.
NEWS
October 2, 1999 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the fiery liftoff of a missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base tonight, the controversial heir to Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" missile defense program is scheduled to take a major step toward becoming reality. The launch, 13 years after President Reagan proposed his initiative, will begin the first test of whether a fully developed "kill vehicle" lofted on the tip of a rocket can locate and smash a surrogate enemy "warhead" streaking toward its target.
NEWS
June 21, 1999 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid a sudden rejuvenation of their nations' struggling relationship, President Clinton and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin ordered their deputies Sunday to discuss rewriting segments of a 27-year-old treaty restricting the deployment of missile defenses. They also agreed on initial talks to reduce long-range nuclear weapons. "The two countries are back in business," Samuel R.
NEWS
March 21, 1999 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A top-secret flight center on the tawny plains east of the Rockies has become a preferred destination for military commanders who want to learn how to launch missiles capable of blasting enemy warheads from the sky. The sleek computer workstations of the National Test Flight Center command post are not actually connected to real interceptors--because none have been designed yet. Nor have test flights yet proved that any missile will ever be able to knock down another.
NEWS
March 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The House passed its own version of a system to protect the country against a limited ballistic missile attack, a day after the Senate approved a similar bill. Approved 317 to 105 by the House, the bill would commit the Pentagon to building the system. A House-Senate conference committee will resolve differences between the two versions. The Senate bill, favored by the White House, has a provision intended to encourage continued nuclear arms reduction talks with Moscow.
NEWS
July 31, 1985
Israel has agreed to take part in "Star Wars" research, Assistant Defense Secretary Richard N. Perle told a meeting in Bonn on the program, formally known as the Strategic Defense Initiative. President Reagan has invited 17 allies to join the research into space-based anti-missile defenses. France, Norway and Denmark have rejected the offer, and others have expressed misgivings.
NEWS
December 18, 1990 | Associated Press
The Pentagon on Monday charged that a House committee's report on the Strategic Defense Initiative is basically a "rewrite of a fundamentally flawed" congressional report released in July. "There are a number of problems with the conclusions and finding of both reports," the Pentagon's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization said in a one-page statement responding to the study done by the Government Operations Committee.
NEWS
March 18, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Senate, as expected, gave overwhelming approval to an amended bill to commit the Pentagon to building a national defense against limited ballistic missile attack "as soon as technologically possible." The 97-3 vote belied years of partisan battling over the issue. Democrats said several amendments, including one pledging the U.S. would continue to seek nuclear arms reductions in Russia, made the bill more palatable.
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