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Do We Need a National Missile Defense?
Aired 2/3/2000

Think Tank weighs the pros and cons of implementing a national missile defense. In the almost two decades since Ronald Reagan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative, better known as “Star Wars,” the world has changed significantly. Are there current threats to national security that justify developing a national missile defense? Would such a defense system work?
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  Frank Gaffney
    director of the Center for Security Policy and a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration
  George Lewis
    associate director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  Michael O’Hanlon
    senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and author of the forthcoming book “Technological Change and the Future of Warfare”

Originally Aired: 2/3/2000

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