March 23, 2016
March 23, 2016
Join us as we commemorate the 33rd anniversary of President Reagan’s historic Strategic Defense Initiative Speech, when, on March 23, 1983, President Reagan declared:
“The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression -- to preserve freedom and peace…We will continue to pursue real reductions in nuclear arms, negotiating from a position of strength that can be ensured only by modernizing our strategic forces.”
Speakers for the event include Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angles Air Force Base and Lieutenant General (RET) Henry A. “Trey” Obering III, former Director of the Missile Defense Agency.
In a leadership effort to mitigate the risks of continuing the ongoing arms race between the U.S. and Soviet Union, and to ultimately defeat the Soviet Union, President Ronald Reagan put forth a new vision in 1983 to utilize directed and kinetic energy technologies to defeat and destroy nuclear ballistic missiles from the Soviet Union. Since 1983, the United States and its 28 allies around the world have made significant progress on making President Reagan’s vision a reality.
Today the United States has 30 deployed interceptors based in California and Alaska defending the United States from long range ballistic nuclear missiles. This event will discuss President Reagan’s 1983 speech, provide a briefing of what the United States has deployed since 1983 in missile defense, our current capabilities and technologies that are defending against North Korea, and what the future will hold for ballistic missile defense initiated by President Ronald Reagan.
There is no cost to attend this event; however reservations are required. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.