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The Strategic Defense Initiative


Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521054003

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  • This history of the Strategic Defense Initiative ranges across politics, economics, strategic studies and international relations, and provides the latest research into the SDI interest groups, the distribution of contracts, and the politics of influence. It discusses the wider contexts of 'Star Wars', such as alliance management, marketing, and domestic politics, and its military spin-offs, especially for anti-satellite (ASAT) and 'space control' programmes. The author tests the theoretical literature on the dynamics of the arms race by using SDI as a case study, and draws evidence from sources such as congressional hearings, interviews, the trade press, restricted briefing papers, and documents obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act. The book follows the fortunes of strategic defence into the changed global conditions of the 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet bloc, the Gulf War, and President Bush's announcement of a refocused SDI, the Global Protection Against Limited Strikes (GPALS).

    • The latest research on 'Star Wars', bringing it up to date with developments since the end of the Cold War and the Gulf War
    • Tests theories of the arms race against SDI, using a variety of sources: congressional hearings, press articles, restricted papers and Pentagon documents
    • Primary market in international relations and security studies, but has material on the 'marketing' of SDI, and its cultural/political causes, which will be of interest to a wider market in politics and political economy
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    'This is the best book I have read this year; a clear, cogent and coherent account of the evolution of the SDI, chronologically and thematically arranged to cover all its aspects … invaluable … detailed and documented analysis … irresistible.' Defense Analysis

    'This is the best book I have read this year … invaluable … irresistible.' Defence Analysis

    'This is the best book I have read this year; a clear, cogent and coherent account of the evolution of the SDI, chronologically and thematically arranged to cover all its aspects … invaluable … irresistible.' Defence Analysis

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521054003
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.408kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Conception:
    1. Theory
    2. The history of strategic defence in the USA
    3. The 'SDI' speech
    Part II. Construction:
    4. Contexts
    5. Interest groups
    6. The politics of influence
    Part III. Consolidation:
    7. Contexts and constituencies
    8. Interest and influence
    9. Early deployment?
    Part IV. Contexts and Conditions:
    10. Europe
    11. Military economy
    12. The culture of 'Star Wars'
    13. The selling of SDI
    Part V. Conclusions:
    14. Into the 1990s
    15. The causes of SDI
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Edward Reiss, University of Bradford

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