Reagan Library Closure

We're sorry. Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum will be closed to the public beginning March 14th until further notice. This includes docents, volunteers and interns. We will continue to respond to written reference requests at Please check our website, or  for updates on our operating hours and status.

All public events at the Reagan Library facilities are cancelled until further notice. This includes in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals. Where possible, we will conduct public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. For online education information, please see our educational resources.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus)

RESEARCHERS: Please see a "Letter to Researchers" from the Archivist of the United States for a further update.



Statement by Assistant to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on the United States Antisatellite Program

May 12, 1987

The President published a new white paper on the U.S. Antisatellite (ASAT) Program today. The white paper notes that over the past 2 years the administration has experienced congressional setbacks in the deployment and testing of a U.S. ASAT system. The President's paper expresses his belief that these setbacks have been detrimental to U.S. national security, and states his desire to seek relief from the Congressional moratorium on testing of our non-nuclear miniature vehicle ASAT against objects in space.

The white paper examines the impact to our national security of continuing to allow the Soviets to have the world's only operational ASAT and notes that the Soviet space threat is growing more serious. In this white paper, the President expresses his deep commitment to the U.S. ASAT program as an important deterrent to the Soviets' use of their ASAT system and pledges the President's desire to work with Congress to restore bipartisan support for the U.S. ASAT program.