NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 03, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(DC) Reagan administration's resurrection of military's special operations commandos to counter what it believes is global Soviet campaign to destabilize Third World ntns. examined; films shown. [General Leroy SUDDATH - anticipates continuation of USSR 's sponsorship of surrogate wars.] Suddath mentioned believing Grenada was example of future conflicts; preparations of Army, Navy, United States Air Force and command support and specialty units for increase in low intensity conflicts, i.e., guerrilla wars, outlined on screen, discussed. [Pentagon spokesperson Noel COOK - describes conflict between military and civilian staff over issue.] Mil. command's attitude toward special operations following Vietnam experience described. [Pentagon spokesperson Edward LUTTWAK - cites need for command to trust commando forces.] Focus of special forces in Europe, include role of special atomic demolition munition (SADM) packs (indiv. nuclear bombs), detailed. [Mil. analyst William ARKIN - notes probability of SADMs being used in any conflict.] Special forces' role in El Salvador and Honduras considered.
REPORTER: Fred Francis