CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 20, 1971
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(Studio) Talk of arms race between United States and USSR reported Defense Secretary Melvin River Laird concerned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) United States had nuclear edge on USSR during Cuban missile crisis. Last year they beat United States in land-based missiles. United States has 500 bombers; USSR 140. Weapons shown and described. United States has minuteman missiles; USSR working on MIRV. Nuclear missile firing subs. are United States weapons; gradually being converted to MIRV. USSR has similar subs.; will equal United States in subs. in 1973. United States spies report USSR building up forces. If Soviets develop new missile, could be developing new strategy; could escalate arms race.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
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