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Carter / No B-1 #49313

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 30, 1977
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(Studio) Due to advance speculation, President Carter's decision to stop product of B-1 bomber is surprise.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) [CARTER - announces halt to B-1 product Says United States should begin deployment of cruise missile, using air launch platforms like modernized B-52's. Notes triad system of defense will continue] Difference in cost of B-1 and cruise missile noted. President is asked if decision is signal to USSR that United States wants to move quickly in Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations. [CARTER - notes it's potential factor, but not reason for decision.] Reaction to decision noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) B-1 halt is recommended by Defense Secretary Harold Brown, but cost of bomber is apparent reason for decision. United States strategic triad defense system will now consist of submarines, ICBM's and air-launched cruise missiles, instead of former strong bomber support. (Defense Department film shown.) Capabilities of cruise missile noted, include strength, which is 15 times more than atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Gerald Ford calls decision mistake; it draws anger and praise from Congress and will throw 1000's out of work.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Donaldson, Sam;
Gregory, Bettina;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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