Key Issues Nuclear Weapons History Presidential Policies Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan

  Life: February 6, 1911 to June 5, 2004
  In office: January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989
  Party: Republican
 
 

 


Nuclear Policy

On War

Reversal of Détente; Build up of US Military
  B1 Bombers, MX “Peacekeeper” Missile

On Deterrence

Strategic Triad- ICBMs, SLBMs, and ALCMs
  Second Strike Capability.

Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars” PBS Video Clip: SDI,  
Secretary of Defense Weinberger speaks
on SDI as the best deterrent  
  Portraying SU as an “evil empire” Address to British Parliament, June 8th, 1982

On Disarmament

Reykjavik Summit
  Reagan and Gorbachev decide nuclear abolition is the best policy,
  but Reagan refuses to abandon SDI plans. PBS Video Clip

Treaties signed/ratified; Legislation passed

1981 Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials,

1984 Agreement Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to Expand the US-USSR Direct Communications Link, TIAS 11428,

1986 Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident,

1986 Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency,

1987 Agreement on Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers,

1987 Protocol on Procedures Governing the Elimination of Russian and American Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty),

1988 Agreement Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Conduct of a Joint Verification Experiment,

1988 Agreement Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Notifications of Launches of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles 27 I.L.M. 1200.

1988 Joint Protocol Relating to the Application of the Vienna Convention and the Paris Convention,

1988 Treaty on Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles - Between USA and USSR.

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