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Reagan’s “Peace through Strength” Cold War Strategy: Integrating Defense, Nuclear Deterrence, Modernization and Arms Control

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)

President Reagan’s often mocked strategy of “peace through strength” won the Cold War. Critical to that success were his nuclear deterrent polices. By both modernizing our strategic nuclear deterrence while also initiating what would become a nearly ninety percent reduction in American and Soviet (now Russian) deployed strategic nuclear warheads – he changed the strategic nuclear landscape. Join us as our speakers review not only this history, but also explain how the lessons of the Reagan Presidency and the end of the Soviet empire hold key historical lessons which we can apply to today’s strategic and nuclear challenges.

Welcome and Introduction

Becky Norton Dunlop, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Opening Presentations

Sven Kraemer, President Reagan’s National Security Council Director for Arms Control (1981-1987) and

Distinguished Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council

Frank Miller, Head, Strategic Forces Policy Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense (1981-1989) and Deputy Assistant

Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy (1989-1993)

Commentaries and Historical Perspectives

Peter Huessy, Director of Strategic Deterrent Studies, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, and President,

GeoStrategic Analysis – Co-Host and Discussion Leader

Dr. Keith Payne, Consultant, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1981-1982); Participant, Future Security

Strategy Study, Hoffman Panel (1983-1984); Consultant, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

(1985-1986); Member, Department of Defense SDI Red Team (1985-1989); and Member, Department of Defense

Offense-Defense Integration Study (1986-1989)

Tidal “Ty” McCoy, Acting Secretary; Acting Under Secretary; Assistant Secretary for Manpower, Reserve Affairs

and Installations; and Assistant Secretary for Readiness Support; U.S. Air Force (1981-1988)

Dr. Susan J. Koch, Staff Analyst for Strategic Defense and Space Arms Control Policy, Office of the Assistant

Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy (1985-1988); Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant

Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy (1982 1985); Branch Chief in the Office of

European Analysis and Office of Policy Analysis, Central Intelligence Agency (1980-1982)

Adjournment / Light Luncheon Buffet Provided