Cold War expert explains U.S. geopolitical problems to LSUA students

Retired Maj. Gen. Casper Welch speaks Monday at LSUA about his service during the Nixon and Carter administrations. Welch, 81, also was the design leader of President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, a U.S. missile defense effort dubbed Star Wars. (Tia Owens-Powers/ towens@thetowntalk.com)

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Jasper Welch decided the day after the Korean War started in 1950 that he wanted a career that focused on the geopolitical problems he saw coming.

Welch was 19, a physics student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and felt the United States was part of something that would later be termed the Cold War.

Welch, 81, enjoyed a successful, much-decorated career in the Air Force.

He worked closely with two presidents, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, and was design leader of President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, a U.S. missile defense effort dubbed “Star Wars.”

On Monday, he spoke to about 60 students, faculty and visitors at Louisiana State University at Alexandria.

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