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NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 16, 1969
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Melvin Laird says 1970 draft to be reduced by 25,000 due to new withdrawals. Total armed forces number to be below 3,200,000. Laird and Chairperson Joint Chiefs of Staff, Earle Wheeler, going to Vietnam for tour in Feb. Laird says President ban on biological weapons doesn't include toxins that are poisonous but not contagious.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(DC) [Secretary LAIRD - estimates 40,000 less enemy than 1968 as result of infiltration decrease and casualties. No possibility of offensive now.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

Huntley, Chet

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