Arming for the '80s

The trillion-dollar question: What kind of defense to buy?

The issue is nothing less than how best to deter a Soviet nuclear attack on the U.S. The complexities are so tangled that they have preoccupied Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger almost from the day last January that he moved into the E Ring of the Pentagon, and they have given countless anxious moments to Commander in Chief Ronald Reagan as well. But the legislative timetable permits no further delay. So, before Congress breaks for its monthlong August recess, the Administration hopes to disclose what kind of missile and bomber...

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