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B-1 Bomber and Cruise Missile / Neutron Bomb #253041

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 01, 1977
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(Studio) USSR says President Carter's decision to halt B-1 bomber and go ahead with cruise missile could hurt Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations. Defense Secretary Harold Brown says development will go ahead with no restrictions.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Cruise range said to be potentially 1500 mile Sovs. have demanded this be substantially reduced; Brown says there's no point to US agreeing to that. [BROWN - says United States must continue to assure position re: cruise doesn't interfere with plans for use.] Brown indicates B-1 might have been more attractive if cost was less, but notes cruise has greater potential for penetrating air defs. than B-1. [BROWN - notes assets of cruise.] USSR develops own cruise, to which Brown says United States is vulnerable, but he says United States decided against missile defense system a long time ago and hopes USSR will decide same with United States cruise development
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Senator goes into executive session to discuss public works bill, in which is hidden appropriation for neutron bomb. Appropriation is so well hidden that it was passed without notice in House and President Carter rptdly. didn't know it was there.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) At end of secret session, Senator still has come to no conclusion; however Mark Hatfield and other opponents fail in effort to eliminate funds in preliminary votes. [HATFIELD - isn't trying to stop bomb funds totally at present, but to give Senator chance to get all information available before acting.] Proponent John Stennis denies administration tries to slip bomb thru. [STENNIS - details assets of weapon.] Debate resumes after July 4th break.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil;
Pappas, Ike

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