Ronald Reagan,’evil empire slayer’, proposed his Strategic Defense Initiative or ‘Star Wars’ on March 23, 1983. The president proposed USA develop new superior technology to intercept enemy missiles as an alternative to the existing MAD (mutually agreed destruction) doctrine that had been US defacto strategy.
In his address to Americans, Reagan said “I call upon the scientific community who gave us nuclear weapons to turn their great talents to the cause of mankind and world peace. To give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.”
This was a bold, calculated, move by president Reagan which ultimately led to the collapse of the empire, the Soviet Union. The ‘evil empire’ imploded because it just ran out of money needed to keep up their arms race with the USA.