Nation: Move It or Lose It

Or, how the Pentagon plans to protect its nuclear missiles

If Pentagon planners get their way the valleys throughout Nevada and Utah will be dotted with 200 asphalt oval tracks, 20 ft. wide and 10 to 15 miles long. The "race tracks," as the Pentagon calls them, will be traveled at 5 m.p.h. by the largest military vehicle ever built, lugging the nation's most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile. Last week the race-track plan, projected to cost $30 billion, was endorsed by a high-level Administration committee; Jimmy Carter's approval is expected later this month.

Deploying nuclear weapons on the oval tracks is intended to...

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