Nix to MX

Mormon leaders protest

The U.S. Air Force wants to hide 200 missiles in the bleak Great Basin desert of Utah and Nevada. Installations spreading across an area about the size of the state of New Jersey would require building 4,600 shelters and 9,000 miles of roads. Along the roadways, flatbed vehicles, forever rolling, would carry missiles tipped with ten warheads each. That is the $56 billion scheme for safeguarding the proposed MX system, a brobdingnagian shell game meant to foil a Soviet attack on the missiles. The plan has been derided as an ineffective,...

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