CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 30, 1978
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(Studio) Secret memo concerning future American military needs sent by Defense Secretary Harold Brown to President Carter outlined. Incld. is recommendation for plane to launch cruise missile.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Details of Brown's recommendations for plane to replace B-52's which are seen as cruise carriers into 1980's given. Defense Department film shown. Pentagon consideration of plane similar to Boeing 747 noted. Expected renewed controversy over cruise at Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations between: United States and USSR cited. Contrast in cost of B-1 bomber and predictions of that for new plane given.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
(DC) State Department view of new plane proposal's effects on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and larger impt. of other issues, include Soviet missiles and backfire bomber, noted. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko's agreement in principle to meet later in spring, perhaps in Moscow, reported; possibility of President Carter then inviting USSR Leonid Brezhnev to Washington, DC to conclude Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement cited. Uncertainty of Senator ratification of such treaty with USSR and Cuba presence in Africa stated.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
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