National Affairs: Neither Lapped nor Gapped

High in the sky and deep under the sea, the U.S. proved again last week that it is far from being lapped or gapped in the military race. Items:

¶ Hoping to prove to Congress and the budgetmakers that it is possible to devise a defense against missiles, the Army disclosed that one of its operational Hawk antiaircraft missiles knocked down a supersonic Honest John over White Sands, N. Mex. last month. In the first known kill of a ballistic missile, the two birds collided 1½ miles up at a combined speed of 2,000 m.p.h. Though a far cry from...

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