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Strategic Arms / Neutron Bomb / Cruise Missile / B-1 Bomber #254389

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 29, 1977
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(Studio) House gives go-ahead to neutron bomb development Another new weapon under development is cruise missile. In news conf., President says it's being actively tested and that tests have been successful so far.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Failure of Navy missile off San Clemente, California, is 5th in 23 tests, 4th in row; Navy says failure probably in launcher, not missile, and is trying to get sunken missile up. Failures could be political damaging if used by opponents of cruise development President Carter said cruise superior as deterrent to USSR , when he canceled B-1 program in June. B-1 supporters in Congress haven't given up and won victory on Wednesday when House Appropriations Committee refused to strike bomber from Pentagon-prepared budget. Bomber supporters are expected to use latest missile failure to try to raise more doubts about wisdom of Carter's decision.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike

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