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December 11, 1987

The Scientists' Campaign Against the Strategic Defense Initiative-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

JAMA. 1987;258(22):3258. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400220058030

In Reply.—  In response to Dr Ransom's letter, I will update several points made in my Aug 7 JAMA article.One of the major points in my article is that the SDI will weaken the defense and security of the West. Several recent reports from within the defense establishment have severely criticized the SDI crash program. The Defense Science Board, an experienced advisory board to the Department of Defense, stated that the major technologies needed for the project simply do not exist, that the project is "sketchy," and that space-based weapons are "vulnerable to attack by existing systems" (New York Times, July 28, 1987, p 14). Early deployment plans advocated by Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger were recently criticized as being "ineffective against Soviet missiles planned for the near future" by government weapons scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (New York Times, Aug 13, 1987, p 12). In fact, Weinberger