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B-1 Bomber Production #243875

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 02, 1976
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(Studio) Ford administration gives order to build 3 models of controversial B-1 bomber. Order presents Carter with 1st major problem when he gets to White House
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) (Defense Department film shown.) In meeting today Pentagon officials make decision to award contracts with funds continuing through June so Carter will have more time to look at matter. Air Force Secretary Thomas Reed says bomber needed to counter USSR build-up. [REED - says USSR aiming for early 1980's military superiority and B-1 must be produced to combat imbalance.] Reed notes extra expense of stopping program and restarting it if Carter gives go-ahead. [REED - says he can't imagine succeeding Secys. of Defense or Air Force deciding not to add some bombers to strategic force.] Senator William Proxmire says he hopes Carter will shelve bomber plans after reviewing facts.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) B-1 intended to replace B-52. Press secretary Jody Powell says Carter hasn't made decision yet with regard to B-1, despite campaign remarks that program was wasteful.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike
Duration:
00:02:50

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