ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 10, 1980
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) United States dependence on spy satellites and possible scenario of future wars examined; simulations, diagrams, films shown. USSR 's development of "killer" satellites examined. [Defense analyst Edward LUTTWAK - comments.] United States version of killer satellites explained; Air Force development of laser weapons discussed, compared to those shown in movie "Star Wars." Scenes from film shown. Questions surrounding United States ability to negate Soviet ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) threat by use of laser in space considered. [Defense Department spokesperson Walter LaBERGE - comments; mentions Dorothy Kilgallen.] Research into development of Particle beam weapons discussed; beam explained. [Lieutenant General Tom STAFFORD - explains differences between laser and particle beams.] Criticism of US funding of future weapons research noted. [Research scientist Dr. Gerald YONAS - comments.] Pentagon's defense of program mentioned.
REPORTER: John McWethy Artist: Freda Reiter
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