In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proposed a new Cold War initiative designed to protect the United States from a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. The anti-ballistic missile system was called the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), but it quickly gained the nickname “Star Wars” after the popular science-fiction films.
As a military brat, I’ve seen stranger things growing up on military bases around the world. Few experiences topped the first time I saw the ultra-secret SR-71 Blackbird. My Father, a young Navy lieutenant commander, was operating the range and flying search-and-rescue while stationed at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada.
The Cold War was a globe-spanning war of ideas and ideals between the United States and the Soviet Union. Consisting of conflicts on the Korean Peninsula, Southeast Asia and wide-ranging spy operations, perhaps its most dramatic battlefield was set against the backdrop of space.