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    Reagan and the 1980s: Back to the Future

    Fans of pop culture and pop history are enjoying a documentary series on the National Geographic Channel: The ’80s, The Decade That Made Us. A recent installment focused on Ronald Reagan’s defense posture, including the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or “Star Wars,” as its critics called it. Host Rob Lowe … More

    Reagan’s Inspiring Words on Defense: "Peace through Strength"

    Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan put forth a vision to reduce the danger of nuclear war by launching the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Representative Doug Lamborn (R–CO), member of the House Armed Services Committee, continues to pursue this vision on Capitol Hill. Lamborn, co-chair of the Missile Defense Caucus, … More

    The 30th Anniversary of SDI, President Reagan’s Visionary Idea

    Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) speech in 1983 launched a program to eliminate the threat posed by a nuclear attack and set the groundwork for today’s missile defense system. On March 19, The Heritage Foundation and the George C. Marshall Institute co-hosted an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of … More

    Morning Bell: What Reagan Knew About Missile Defense

    It would take only 33 minutes for a missile to reach the U.S. from anywhere in the world. That’s a sobering thought when North Korea is taunting America with threatening video propaganda about its nuclear capabilities and Iran is advancing its nuclear program. In response to these threats, the Obama … More

    Pearl Harbor: Lessons for Missile Defense Today

    On this day 71 years ago, the U.S. was attacked by the Empire of Japan. At the time, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it a “date which will live in infamy.” The attack shocked the nation and exposed just how unprepared and vulnerable the United States was. Today, we … More

    Space, Nuclear Weapons, and Ballistic Missile Defense--The New Triad

    In April, the Independent Working Group (IWG) on Missile Defense and the Space Relationship held an event on the new triad—space, nuclear weapons, and ballistic missile defense—and its importance for the United States. It explored the fundamental importance and the relationship among the different elements of defense. The United States … More

    Reagan Missile Defense Speech Matters More than Ever

    Twenty seven years ago President Ronald Reagan delivered one of the most important speeches in modern history. For almost five decades, Americans had lived under the threat of nuclear war. The arms race had become a stand-off between the superpowers called mutually-assured-destruction, where any nuclear exchange would likely evolve into … More

    See the '33 Minutes' Trailer

    The Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce our first full-length documentary, “33 Minutes,” and to release the first trailer for the film. The documentary has a simple premise:  An intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM,  armed with a nuclear warhead could be launched and strike the United States in about 33 minutes – and … More