DEFENSE: The Second Generation

In the new, fast-changing world of missilery, the Air Force last week got go-ahead orders on the wildest blue-yonder project in its history. Name of project: Minuteman. Nature of Minuteman: a whole new weapons system of 3,000 to 4,000 solid-fuel "second-generation" missiles of variable 500-mile to 5,500-mile range, each to be kept in a state of pushbutton readiness, warheaded, target-aimed, in concealed and dispersed underground launching slots.

Minuteman is the latest major weapons system to grow from the big breakthrough in the development of solid-fueled missiles. Almost as soon as scientists found...

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