ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 09, 1980
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Sophistication of United States military weapons said illustrated by F-14 plane and Phoenix missile; details given, films shown. [Senator Sam NUNN - comments.] Possible link between incrd. weapons cost and decrd. military readiness discussed; cost escalation exemplified by expense of sidewinder missiles during Vietnam war and their current value. Present cost of Phoenix missiles mentioned. [Defense Department spokesperson Walter LaBERGE, defense analyst Edward LUTTWAK - comment.] Problem of maintenance of F-14 outlined on screen as example of situation. (Lieutenant General Tom STAFFORD - comments.] Manpower shortage currently experienced by Air Force, Navy and Army detailed on screen. [LUTTWAK - comments.] Summary of problems affecting military readiness discussed.
REPORTER: John McWethy
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