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Def. Secretary Laird #9251

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 20, 1970
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Melvin Laird made statement, United States could be 2nd rate strategic position by mid 70's; behind Russia.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Laird and General Earle Wheeler went to Washington, DC to present Defense Department annual posture report; said Russia has drive for nuclear superiority. [LAIRD - says ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) have surpassed us; United States ahead in Polaris; will equal us by `74-'75; going on with Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) talks.] Laird wants $1.5 billion bill to deploy safeguard ABM; 1970 draft calls low; more troops to come back from Vietnam.
REPORTER: Bill Downs

Downs, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.

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