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Mini-Quiz: Know the Facts About SDI

by Ron Kurtus (updated 31 May 2023)

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

1. What was a common misperception about SDI?

President Reagan had personally designed the system

The Russians had a similar system in place already

It was to be a leak-proof defense

2. What was the key challenge to the SDI technology program?

Developing a cost-effective and survivable defense

Hiring good engineers from India

Misleading the press about the true SDI mission

3. What was the main deterrent of a nuclear attack?



Unilateral disarmament

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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Federation of American Scientists articles on Strategic Defense Initiative

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

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