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Anti-Ballistic Missile Decision / Nixon Speech #202594

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 14, 1969
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(Studio) President Nixon decides to go ahead with modified anti-ballistic missile system. To protect missile site, not cities.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [NIXON - concludes Sentinel system should be modified to safeguard against any Chinese attack over 10-yr. period. To protect against less than massive attack by USSR . Doesn't provide defense for cities. Sites moved away from cities. Protecting our deterrent is best war prevention. Answers reporters questions by saying offensive and defense weapons to be considered in arms control talks. United States and USSR won't abandon systems because of China.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Reporter says USSR told of decision. USSR considers anti-ballistic missile defense and not escalation of arms race. 1st 2 sites readied by 1973. Dep. Defense Secretary David Packard says 10 more sites to be chosen.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Films of Sprint and Spartan missiles shown. 1st sites are Malstrom AFB, Montana and Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota. Washington, DC only city inside initial deployment.
REPORTER: David Dick

Cronkite, Walter;
Dick, David

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