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A Balance of Powers: US-USSR Relations (Part III) #81682

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 16, 1983
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(Studio) Messages exchanged by President Reagan and Kremlin today marking 50th anniversary of United States recognition of USSR outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Relative capabilities of individual United States and USSR military troops compared, discussed; films shown. Each nation's recruitment and training process detailed. [US sergeant Dale PRICE - notes Soviets use live ammunition during training.] President Reagan's claim that USSR military is superior said disputed by United States forces due to difference in attitudes and training; USSR approach to recruits described. [Former Soviet professor Edward LOZANSKY - describes life of Soviet soldier.] [Defense Department Soviet expert Dr. Paul HOLMAN - concurs.] Living and working conditions of each nation's troops described, shown. [sergeant James JOHNSON - cites importance of high morale for effective fighting force.] [General Bernard ROGERS - considers Soviet attitude toward officers a main deficit as compared to United States military's encouragement of initiative among troops.] [Captain Robert REDFERN - notes goal of training exercise.] [Lieutenant Colonel Wolf KUTTER - feels initiative characteristics will be determining factor when outnumbered.] No. United States and USSR troops based in Europe outlined on screen, discussed. [ROGERS - comments on Soviet's morale problems; doesn't believe USSR allies can be trusted by Soviet military]
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) Part IV announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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