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Mini-Quiz: Overview of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)

by Ron Kurtus

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. How did William Teller influence the start of the Star Wars program?

He tried to sell his X-ray device to President Reagan

He invented the Hydrogen bomb and wanted to use it somewhere

He stimulated the idea of space defense in his conversation with Reagan

2. Why was SDI so expensive?

A very large number of space satellites had to be deployed for the system to be effective

The Soviets were over-charging for parts

The space satellites were gold-plated to reflect sunshine

3. How did SDI contribute to the downfall of the USSR?

They couldn't keep up the expensive research and development

Many of their people moved to the USA to work on the project

We spent money on SDI instead of foreign aid

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in learning from SDI History. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Resources and references

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Federation of American Scientists articles on Strategic Defense Initiative

History of the Missile Defense Organization - U.S. Department of Defense

SDI History Resources


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Secret Weapons of the Cold War: From the H-Bomb to SDI by William Yenne; Berkley (2005) $7.99

US Strategic And Defensive Missile Systems 1950-2004 by Mark A. Berhow, Chris Taylor; Osprey Books (2005) $16.95

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