The Atom: Facing Up to the Beast

While the U.S. is catching up with Russia in the space race, the Russians are pulling ahead of the U.S. in vital areas of nuclear technology. Though he has already made the basic decision to resume U.S. atmospheric testing, President Kennedy has yet to decide when. The feeling is growing in Washington that it can hardly be too soon.

This week, as the President met with the National Security Council to ponder his final decision, the Pentagon presented an exhaustive study of Russia's recent test series. It confirms earlier reports that the Russians have made alarming nuclear advances that threaten...

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