NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 09, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Omaha, Nebraska) Current United States military plan for hypothetical nuclear war with USSR examined; films shown. Mil.'s emphasis on fighting nuclear war with enough nuclear weapons left over for the next engagement noted. [General Bennie DAVIS - feels deterrence is preservation of peace.] Current rate of nuclear arms build-up in United States outlined. [DAVIS - prefers never using nuclear weapons.] Importance of targeting plan, Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP), explained; size of bomb used on Nagasaki compared to current bombs. Films of Nagasaki shown. [Australian National Univ. professor Desmond BALL - describes USSR targets designated by US.] [DAVIS - denies knowingly targeting population centers.] [Former targeteer Admiral Noel GAYLER (ret.) - feels we have more weapons than necessary for any sensible deterrence; rejects military's philosophy; explains.] [DAVIS - responds.] Official USSR policy on nuclear war outlined.
REPORTER: John Hart
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