A bold idea emerged during the Cold War that captured global attention. In 1983, United States President Ronald Reagan introduced his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Nicknamed ‘Star Wars,’ it was an ambitious project to develop a space-based system to protect the U.S. from potential nuclear missile attacks.

While it never fully materialized as initially envisioned, the impact of these initiatives on geopolitics, technology, and popular culture is undeniable.

At its heart, SDI was a severe response to an ever-growing nuclear threat. It sought to transcend the long-standing doctrine of mutually assured destruction, which kept global superpowers at a nuclear stalemate. 

Instead, Reagan’s vision shifted the paradigm from retaliation to prevention.