ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 23, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan's proposal for "star wars" defense system recalled; Reagan thought naming someone to director development of space-based defense system shortly.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(DC) Trinity site's role in testing nation's 1st atomic bomb recalled. [March 23, 1983, REAGAN - proposes space weapons.] Possible anti-nuclear missile satellite system explained, illustrated on screen. [Dr. George KEYWORTH - notes advantages of laser weapon.] [Dr. Steven ROCKWOOD - comments on research gains at Los Alamos national laboratory] [Dr. George RATHJENS - cites faults in proposed system.] Other criticisms listed on screen, discussed. [Dr. Albert CARNESALE - believes competent defense results in disarmament mentality which won't be tolerated by enemy.] [Dr. Jack RUINA - discusses escalation of arms race without incrd. security with star wars mentality.] [KEYWORTH - disagrees.] USSR said developing space-based defense system also.
REPORTER: Rick Inderfurth
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