DEFENSE: 3,000-Mile Watchdogs

Near Thule, Greenland, and Clear, Alaska, the U.S. Air Force is quietly building two huge long-range radar stations designed to cover the Communist land mass from the Pacific to Poland and give early warning of Communist missile strikes at a range of 3,000 miles. Name of project: Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, or BMEWS (pronounced be-muse). Cost: $1 billion. The Air Force hopes to complete the Thule station this year, the Clear station in 1960, hopes to get BMEWS operational by the time the Communists are expected to begin deploying sizable intercontinental...

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