CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 13, 1975
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(Studio) 2nd part of defense, diplomacy, detente report follows; deals with military comparison of United States and its allies with potential adversaries.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(DC) Signing of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement in 1972 marked 1st effort to strike negotiated balance in military might of world's super powers. Film of signing shown. For most part, power balance between East and West mainly determined by potential for confrontation. United States and USSR breakdown of weapons compared. Both sides have more than enough nuclear weapons, but United States and USSR continue to development conventional forces as well. Soviet, American force balance broken down for comparison. NATO, Warsaw Pact treaties compared. Available troops and weapons compared for NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) countries and Warsaw Pact countries. Defense Department film shown. Pentagon feels United States has overall power to back up current treaty commitments now; future bothers defense experts. Secretary Defense James Schlesinger warns against continued defense budget cuts or America to wind up 2nd to Soviets.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas