National Affairs: THE COMING MISSILE GAP

Power in the Bomb Bays; Trouble on the Pads

Behind the politicking of the missile-gap debate that sputtered in Washington last week lay some troubling nonpolitical questions: Will the missile gap mean a power gap? What dangers will the missile gap bring? Does the Administration's defense program provide for adequate preparations to cope with those dangers?

TODAY there is no missile gap because neither the U.S. nor the U.S.S.R. (so far as the U.S. knows) has any significant intercontinental ballistic missile capability. The U.S. has only three operational ICBMs—three Atlases on launching pads at...

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