The Nation: B-1 v. B-52: the Strategic Factors

Both sides in the debate agree that the B-l is the hottest bomber ever flown. But is it worth its $102 million price tag? Can it reach targets deep within the Soviet Union if there is a nuclear war? These questions are especially important because, according to present strategy, close to 60% of the U.S. nuclear megatonnage will be carried by manned bombers, the rest by missiles based on land and aboard submarines. Concedes Democratic Senator Sam Nunn, a B-l backer: "Considerable logic can be mustered for either side of the argument."

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