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Competitve Escalation Paradign

America and the Soviet Union have been competing with one another during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras. In hopes of gaining strategic advantages over the other, the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) was created. Explain what the Strategic Defense Initiative was. How did the United States and the Soviet Union apply the competitive escalation paradigm in this context?

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The Strategic Defense Imitative was proposed by US President Ronald Reagan to use ground based and space based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missiles. At the time these were passed by President Reagan, the plan was believed to be a desperate attempt to increase the sagging support for SDI. According to some estimates the cost of a full "Star Wars" program including laser beam weapons providing a space based shield from nuclear attack was estimated in 1987 to be more than $1 trillion. At that time several experts believed that a premature deployment of "Star Wars" technology would have a devastating impact on arms control and would cause an ...

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The answer to this problem explains competitive escalation paradigm in the context of US and Soviet Union SDI. The references related to the answer are also included.