Richard Bergeron Foster, 82, founder and past director of the Stanford Research Institute's Strategic Studies Center in Arlington, died of pulmonary disease June 29 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.

Mr. Foster, who lived in Arlington, came to the Washington area in 1965 to start the Strategic Studies Center and served as its director until his retirement in 1984. During his years there, he headed interdisciplinary research projects on national security policy such as U.S.-Soviet strategic interaction, arms control and anti-ballistic missiles and air defense.

In the late 1970s, he created the publication "Comparative Strategy Journal, and in the 1980s, he taught graduate courses on American strategic thought at Catholic University and Georgetown University.

Mr. Foster was born in Springdale, Wash., and was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. After working in the aircraft industry, he joined the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, Calif., in 1954 as manager of the air defense evaluation program.

He was a research fellow of the Washington Center for Foreign Policy Research and a member of the Cosmos Club and the advisory board of directors of the Association of the Army.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Penny Darling Foster of Arlington; two daughters, Eden Foster of Hendersonville, N.C., and Amy Foster of Oakland, Calif.; and five grandchildren.