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Anti-Ballistic Missile / USSR Capacity / Laird #445883

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 05, 1969
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(Studio) On Mar. 21, 1969 Defense Secretary Melvin Laird said USSR going offensive with their missile force and could launch attack on American sites by mid-70's.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(DC) Laird evaluation on continued deployment of 55-9 missile. Sources say intelligence community doesn't fully support new position. Mbrs. of community say USSR deployment predicted. Laird believes it's menacing. Community still sees USSR dvts. as defense Laird changes strategic thinking and adopts hard line for political reasons.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Huntley, Chet

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