NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 09, 1969
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(Studio) Senator debates ABM. Senator Mike Mansfield says opponents have edge.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Public fuss over Defense Secretary Melvin Laird's statement that USSR going for 1st strike capability and charges that intelligence community doesn't agree. Senator William Fulbright says intelligence never concluded same as Laird. Statement contained in transcript of secret session held with Laird, Fulbright, and CIA Director, Richard Helms. (All of Helms' cut out of record at Laird's insistence.) 48 members Congress, "Mbrs. Congress for Peace Through Law," have plan to save $3 billion now and $100 billion in 5 years
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Group studies military budget and proposes how defense would be reduced and savings initiated. Chart given on savings for AMSA, air defense, and ABM. Congress way to save money without jeopardizing national security.
REPORTER: Robert Goralski
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