Nation: Momentum of the Nuclear Contest

In its Aug. 3 issue, TIME published an open letter from Senior Correspondent John L. Steele to Dr. John S. Foster Jr., Director of Defense Research and Engineering. Steele pointed out what he considered substantive omissions in the Pentagon's comparison of U.S. nuclear strength with the Soviets. Following is Foster's response:

Dear Mr. Steele:

I was interested to read your letter and I am pleased to respond. You suggest that: "The Soviets are indeed eight feet tall. But so are we." I agree. Perhaps if you had asked a question as did many other newsmen at my appearance before the Washington Overseas Writers...

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