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Mini-Quiz: Proposed Development Life-Cycle of the Strategic Defense Initiative Program

by Ron Kurtus (21 November 2007)

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

1. What was the motivation for the Space Defensive System?

There were plans to send a man to the Moon

There were fears about attacks from outer space aliens

There were possible threats to the United States by enemy missiles

2. What was the purpose of the demonstration and validation phase?

To demonstrate to Congress that the Air Force was validating things

To test and verfiy that the system works as designed

It was an obsolete phase that later was dropped from all programs

3. What would determine the whether the full-scale development of the program would proceed?

The results of a survey of American voters

The relationship between the U.S. and Soviet Union

If there was still enough money in the Treasury

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

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


Federation of American Scientists articles on Strategic Defense Initiative

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

SDI History Resources


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

Top-rated books on Missle Defense

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