ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 01, 1984
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(Studio) USSR criticism of United States and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) deployment of cruise and Pershing II missiles noted coming on anniversary of Helsinki Accords.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(NYC) Army's defense of Pershing missiles noted. [Major Gene McKENZIE - considers missile a quantum leap in technology.] [Brigadier General Don. WHALEN - claims Army only deployed Pershing due to confidence in test program and missile's reliability.] [Martin Marietta spokesperson Jim BAKER - believes Pershing II is most reliable system made.] Questions about accuracy and reliability of Pershing II examined; details outlined on screen. [Dr. Robert BOWMAN - thinks deployment schedule was adhered to regardless of questionable status of missile.] [WHALEN - denies pressure on Army for speedy deployment.] Test-failure rate considered. [WHALEN - notes official success rate.] Army's summary of test results said contradicting public stmts.; details given. [November 19, 1982, Army spokesperson David HARRIS - is pleased with test results.] Actual failure of that test noted; related statistics outlined on screen, Army report quoted. [HARRIS - claims Pershing II works.] [WHALEN - defs. quality control.] [Representative Joseph ADDABBO - disagrees with Army's assessment.] [WHALEN - explains omitting unsuccessful November 1982 Pershing test from data.] Secret General Accounting Office 1982 report warning about rushing Pershing II production cited.
REPORTER: Peter Lance