Defense: Don't Look Up--There's a Missile There

"It will be safer than having an airplane overhead," said an Army officer. New Mexico's Democratic Governor Jack Campbell went even farther. Living in an area with supersonic missiles whizzing overhead, he claimed, would be less risky than driving on most highways. The assurances were part of a year-long "education" program mounted by U.S. missilemen in Utah and New Mexico to pave the way for the first prolonged series of missile shots over populated areas.

Astronomic Odds. Last week the program got under way as five slender, needlelike Army Pershing missiles lifted from a barren mesa outside the town of...

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