National Security Decision Directive 85: Eliminating the Threat from Ballistic Missiles [open pdf - 10KB]
Alternate Title: NSDD 85: Eliminating the Threat from Ballistic Missiles
In National Security Decision Directive 85, President Reagan directs "the development of an intensive effort to define a long term research and development program aimed at an ultimate goal of eliminating the threat posed by nuclear ballistic missiles. These actions will be carried out in a manner consistent with our obligations under the ABM Treaty and recognizing the need for close consultations with our allied. In order to provide the necessary basis for this effort [Reagan] further direct[s] a study to be completed on a priority basis to asses the role that ballistic missiles defense could play in future security strategy of the United States and our allies. Among other items, the study will provide guidance necessary to develop research and development funding commitments for the FY85 Departmental budgets and the accompanying Five-Year Defense Program (FYDP)."
National Security Decision Directive 85; NSDD 85
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/