Jeffrey LewisYou know it was the 1980s because …

In 1986, Time Magazine hosted a conference in Washington on the Strategic Defense Initiative. You know it is the 1980s because a news magazine was hosting a conference on nuclear weapons.

The images from the conference, by the way, are wonderful. They show several prominent defense figures in the full glory of the 1980s. Which brings me to to …

… you know it was the 1980s because …

Future Strategic Posture Commissioner Keith Payne has the same haircut from his high school yearbook photo.


© Diana Walker/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Future Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Walt Slocombe has not yet begun experimenting with facial hair. Indeed, it is not even clear he could grow facial hair.


© Diana Walker/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Future Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ash Carter still feels it necessary to raise his hand before making a comment.


© Diana Walker/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

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Comments

  1. Page van der Linden (History)
  2. Arduus

    You know it was the 1980s because most of the people at this conference thought the ABM Treaty would outlive them.

  3. MK (History)

    Hey, at least they still have hair.

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