American Experience

Reagan Announces SDI

Clip: Season 10 Episode 6 | 2m 30s

In a televised address to the nation, delivered on March 23, 1983, President Reagan announced his vision of a world safe from nuclear threat. His Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), later dubbed "Star Wars" by the press, is an idea that remains controversial to this day.

Aired: 02/06/11

Rating: NR

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