After giving his annual 'military posture' report to Congress on Tuesday, U.S. Defence Secretary Melvin?
After giving his annual 'military posture' report to Congress on Tuesday, U.S. Defence Secretary Melvin Laird spoke to reporters about a new missile threat.
This film from the National Broadcasting Company includes his statement on the matter, and also an attack on critics of military spending by the House Armed Services Committee chairman, Edward Hebert.
The Defence Secretary's statement outlined a strategic blue-print to prevent war by rallying the strength of America's allies, and by maintaining an adequate though restrained nuclear deterrent against the Soviet Union and China.
But he said the Government had decided to go ahead only with a limited expansion of its safeguard anti-ballistic missile (A.B.M.) system as a sign of its restraint and desire to scale down the nuclear arms race.
The following is his statement on the new Soviet missile threat. Mr. Hebert's statement follows immediately afterwards.