In the 80s, Ronald Reagan got criticized and even ridiculed for his Strategic Defense Initiative, also known as “Star Wars” — a way to shoot incoming nuclear missiles out of the sky before they could harm Americans. Now missile defense is back and politically stronger than ever. A panel talks about the science and politics behind this untested and much-debated strategic tool.


  • Dr. William R. Graham President of National Security Research, Inc.
  • Dr. Richard Garwin Senior fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Joseph Cirincione President, Ploughshares Fund
  • James Anderson Defense analyst at the Heritage Foundation
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