National Affairs: Inside View

A ranking government official in a position to weigh a lot of top-drawer information that the U.S. gets, made these private assumptions last week that bear on current U.S. policy-planning:

¶ The Russians are not planning a war at any definite date, or even a war at all. Militarily, they are cutting back on most types of bombers and building up their nuclear-missile punch. They have a sizable number of intermediate-range missiles on hand, are beginning to have a potential in ICBMs, but probably cannot reach the U.S. heartland from present Siberian bases.

¶ The...

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