THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO ADDED TOPICS BEGGING THE LIGHT OF AUTHORITATIVE RESEARCH, such as =
FIRST = WHY in July, 1975, as some tumultuous days of White House transition unfolded from Richard M. Nixon to Gerald R. Ford did Dr. Henry A. Kissinger unilaterally 'cut a deal' with the late U.S. Senator "Ted" Kennedy (D- MA) to shift a Pentagon budget line item - FROM annual operations and maintenance of the one permitted American "Safeguard Ballistic Missile Defense Site" in North Dakota - TO a research study to 'prove missile defense would not work'.
That study to the MIT's Center for International Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts occurred during that year and every subsequent year in Pentagon budgets - originally at a time when that "Safeguard" site was wholly compliant with the "ABM Treaty" (1972) and its later "Protocol" (1974) of which Kissinger, himself, was the key American architect during Richard Nixon's presidency.
Within days of that site achieving Interim Operational Capability, it was ordered De-COMMISSIONED to "non-operational status"!!
SECOND = During and subsequent to Ronald Reagan's March, 1983 "Strategic Defense Initiative" speech, some very important policy debate unfolded on the pages and 'Letters from Readers' pages in "COMMENTARY Magazine" published at New York City by the American Jewish Committee.
Late in that public policy debate, key inner circles to President Reagan backed-off their support for SDI - attempting "to portray Reagan as a man of peace" [words are from Mrs. Nancy Reagan, among others].
Taken at its face, such policy advocacy flies in the face of some constitutional mandates to "provide for the common defense"!
Seemingly, this was not "a priority" within the Reagan Presidency despite a first or even second draft of recent history which has promoted "peace through strength" as a policy objective them!
IN BOTH CASES - THE HAUNTING QUESTION REMAINS: WHY???