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Def. Debate / AWACS Program / (Airborne Warning and Control System) #240818

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 05, 1975
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(Studio) Senator debates and votes on military weapons bill all week Today, Senator rejects amendment by Senator Thomas Eagleton to suspend work on one program called AWACS.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [EAGLETON - thinks AWACS program white elephant,] [AWACS program dir. Brigadier General Laurence SKANTZE - says military commander can do job better with AWACS and can get by with less forces.] AWACS basically converted Boeing 707 crammed with latest computers and electronics. Workings of AWACS explained; Defense Department film of AWACS shown. Aircraft would be world's most expensive aircraft.[SKANTZE - thinks money would be put to good use in AWACS program.] Critics of AWACS claim its mission changed 3 times; details given. Boeing aerospace company film shown. Arguments for and against AWACS outlined. [General Accounting Office Jerome STOLAROW - thinks Air Force trying to push ahead too fast with AWACS system.] Senate decides to proceed with AWACS development; Eagleton and other AWACS foes dealt severe blow.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike

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