DEFENSE: Strength Through Politics

The dart-shaped B70 is an airman's vision: designed to fly three times faster than sound and 15 miles above the ground, it could serve as a nuclear bomber, a satellite launcher, or a six-jet civilian transport that could span the Atlantic in an hour. But what would be its strategic value in the missile age? "Doubtful," answered Old Infantryman Dwight Eisenhower last January, as he chopped the B-70's development budget for fiscal 1961 from a requested $385 million to only $75 million, barely enough to build two stripped-down flying shells. Last week,...

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