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Def. / Ford / Detente / Budget / B-1 #42315

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 02, 1976
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(Studio) When President Ford said he wouldn't use term "detente" anymore, Chinese editorial called Russian enthusiasm for detente "trash." Ford pushes for big defense budget.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Ford urges key Congmen. to help him get defense budget of $112 billion okayed. [FORD - says defense budget is mandatory (due to Soviet military buildup).] Ford says defense budgets of this size will continue Press Secretary Ron Nessen says administration following same policy but dropping term "detente" because it's confusing. President pushes for new strategic weapons, incling. Trident subs and 8-1 bomber.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Studio) Report on B-1 bomber.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Defense Department film shown. Air Force wants 244 B-1s to replace B-52 bombers; to cost $85 million each B-1 penetrates Soviet air defenses and delivers 24 short-range nuclear missiles. [Air Force Secretary Thomas REED - says need B-1 now.] [Brookings Institution analyst, Alton QUANBECK - says argument against B-1 is its cost; offers alts.] Cruise missile is option to B-1; its advantages noted. [REED - says cruise missile will be useful in attacking areas not heavily defended. It can't attack heavy-populated industry areas.] [Brookings Institution analyst, Archie WOOD - says standoff bomber equipped with cruise missile capable of penetrating Soviet air defenses. Our ballistics forces can aid penetration, if needed.] Congress must decide if they'll okay B-1 program.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

Reporter(s):
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jarriel, Tom;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:04:50

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