History of the United States' Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
by Ron Kurtus (updated 22 January 2022)
The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) was an anti-ballistic missile system developed by the United States in the 1980s and early 1990s during the Reagan administration. The concept was to form a defensive shield against a nuclear missile attack from the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.). The popular press designated the program as "Star Wars" and was often critical of its extreme cost.
Also during this period, Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger mandated that the military adopt the Total Quality Management (TQM) methodology to improve quality and reduce costs in military contracts.
Lessons learned from these historical events are important in politics, business and life itself. Historical lessons come from the successes and mistakes of people who were doing something. There is a need for people who have a sense of history and have learned from previous events. Your knowledge and skills in this area can help advance your career or improve your business.
The purpose of these free online lessons is to give you a start at improving your history interpretation skills. If you have any questions, send me an email.
Know the Facts About SDI - By Maj. Gen. Robert Rankine (1988)
Three Phase Approach to TQM in the Air Force's SDI Programs - Presentation
Space Based Interceptor TQM
SBI April 1989 - PDF (174K)
SBI May 1989 - PDF (257K)
SBI June 1989 - PDF (288K)
SBI July 1989 - PDF (314K)
SBI August 1989 - PDF (484K)
SDI Programs TQM
SDI September 1989 - PDF (331K)
SDI December 1989 - PDF (380K)
SDI March 1990 - PDF (496K)
SDI May 1990 - PDF (517K)
SDI July 1990 - PDF (513K)
SDI November 1990 - PDF (484K)
Space Systems Division AFSC TQM
SSD January 1991 - PDF (665K)
SSD March 1991 - PDF (1079K)
SSD May 1991 - PDF (1057K)
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