DISARMAMENT: New Thoughts on The Unthinkable

For three months the U.S. has gone without an official chief thinker of the unthinkable, the man who must ponder U.S. strategies for averting nuclear destruction. Gerard C. Smith resigned last January as director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) after negotiating the first round of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. The result was a treaty sharply limiting defensive anti-ballistic missile sites and an interim agreement freezing offensive missiles at roughly current levels for the next five years. To take Smith's place, President Nixon last week named Fred C. Iklé (pronounced ee-CLAY), 48, the author of three...

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