CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 20, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Los Angeles, California) Possible weapons for use in space examined; films shown. [March 23, 1983, President REAGAN - explains need for space weapons.] Current status of United States and USSR research into missile defense systems outlined. [White House science adviser George KEYWORTH - is optimistic about program.] Actual role of new technology on threat of nuclear disaster examined. [Physicist Robert KUCKUCK - describes hypothetical weapon; speaks of surrounding earth with nuclear weapons in space.] Risks involved in laser beam weapons used in conjunction with nuclear weapons detailed, illustrated on screen. [Weapons analyst Paul CHRZANOWSKI - notes weaknesses of some systems.] Issue of computer failures in sophisticated defense systems noted. [Air defense operations chief Brigadier General Paul WAGONER - cites need for human control of final decision.] [CHRZANOWSKI - agrees on risks.]
REPORTER: David Martin
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