September 11, 1988
As one who was involved in the SDI program genesis and its predecessors for many years, I have been shocked at the cavalier treatment it has received at the hands of many who understand it poorly. In the late 1960s, the USAF Scientific Advisory Board Space Effects Panel held a meeting in Inglewood. One topic discussed was military activities in space. One of the members suggested that advances in tracking accuracy and greatly improved potentials of high-powered, high-quality UV lasers could provide a more promising approach to ballistic-missile defense.