Nation: An ABM Primer

Four months ago, President Nixon announced his decision to go ahead with deployment of an anti-ballistic-missile system called Safeguard. This week the issue is scheduled to come before the Senate, probably for more of the acrimonious debate that has divided scientific experts, politicians and laymen. The essence of the argument:

What is Safeguard supposed to do?

The system proposed by the President and Defense Secretary Melvin Laird is designed primarily to protect U.S. offensive missiles against surprise attack, and also to provide a measure of defense for U.S. cities if an enemy should launch...

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