ARMED FORCES: Bird in the Pit

Hard by a strip of wild, windblown Pacific shore near Lompoc, Calif., construction workers at Vandenberg Air Force Base last week were digging a 15-story hole in the ground. Within weeks, the deep cylindrical pit will be paved with concrete so thick that months must pass before it cures. Then the U.S. Air Force will slide a 90-ft., 117-ton monster into its perpendicular den and seal it with heavy concrete doors against the megaton shocks of man-made thermonuclear quakes. The monster is the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile, the first weapon in Air Force history to go underground.

As such, Titan...

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