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US-USSR Relations / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) and Mobile Missile System / Poll / U-2 Spy Planes #500290

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 22, 1978
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Harold Brown's statements about Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement's need to meet test of allied security, during meeting in New Orleans, reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(DC) Defense Department film shown. Details given about Carter administration's step towards building mobile missile system and possibly complicating Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations. Process involved in moving missiles from site to site, called Multiple Aim Point (MAP), and its probable use of MX missile described. USSR noted as not having stated position on this system. [BROWN - says administration insists that security of United States and its allies be as assured with Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement as without it, or agreement will not be signed. ]
REPORTER: Ford Rowan

(Studio) Latest results of NBC News-AP poll on public trust of USSR and on signing Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Defense Department consideration of reopening U-2 spy plane assembly line to build new planes noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Beale AFB, California) Lockheed film shown. Background and Air Force use of U-2 given. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) forces request for more U-2's in Europe noted. Photos of Soviet missile bases in Cuba, taken in 1960 by U-2 and leading to Cuban missile crisis shown [Lockheed V.p. Ben RICH - describes surveillance accuracy of U-2.] U-2 squadron reported to be at Beale AFB, California, where pilots are all vols. [Captain Larry BRISKILL - describes items she likes about flying plane.]
REPORTER: Rick Davis

(Studio) Theories with regard to reason for necessity for more U-2's, in light of use of spy satellites, stated.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Brinkley, David;
Davis, Rick;
Rowan, Ford;
Savitch, Jessica

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