Nation: Movable Beast

Carter okays a supermissile

The nightmare of America's military experts, as they survey the 1,054 Minuteman and Titan missiles hidden beneath the Western plains, is that increased Soviet missile accuracy will soon make them all vulnerable to a surprise attack. Their answer: build a new missile that is both powerful and movable, so that the Soviets can never zero in on it.

Planning started eight years ago on such an MX, or Missile Experimental, but the weapon has long been surrounded by controversy over how it should be deployed. In underground trenches? Inside airplanes?...

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