National Affairs: THE U.S. MISSILE PROGRAM

A Sturdy Base for a New Drive into Space

The fact that the U.S. is behind the Soviets in the production of long-range missiles has been heralded in headline and oratory. Frequently ignored is another fact: the Russians began an all-out missile program after World War II; the U.S. not until 1953-54. Considering its late start—a lapse in both Truman and Eisenhower administrations—the U.S., with 38 missile programs under way, has made progress at a remarkable rate, has the capacity to go much faster once the Pentagon gives real direction. How the program stands:...

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