Publisher's Letter, Jan. 30, 1956

Dear TIME-Reader:

TO report this week's hair-raising ' cover story on missiles, Los Angeles Correspondent Edwin Rees projected himself along a 15,000-mile course. It zigzagged up and down the U.S. from San Diego to Washington, from New Mexican firing ranges to Seattle plane plants, from SAC air bases to the tropical Bahamas over which missiles are flown. "I baby-sat for a Pentagon colonel to earn a few minutes of his time, and traveled 3,000 miles for a 20-minute interview with one general," he recalls.

At Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala., Rees ran into an enemy...

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