After giving his annual 'military posture' report to Congress on Tuesday, U.S. Defence Secretary Melvin?
SV Laird taking seat at desk.
MS Chairman of committee
MS Press Photographers.
MLS Group standing around microphone.
CU Laird speaking. SOF.
CU Rep. Edward Hebert.
MS Group around microphone ( 2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): LAIRD: "It's difficult to tell at this time precisely what the development is, or whether it is a modified 999, but it certainly is a large missile system, and we are watching it very carefully, and we have fully briefed the committee, on this development."
HEBERT "Unless we recognise the facts of life, and stop yapping in this country about the military, and the money we're spending, there won't be much to yap about because we won't have a chance to do anything about it by 1975. We better stop all of this foolishness, and all of this wild talk with no facts, and tearing down the military. We've got to cut it out right now, or we won't be having anything in 75 if this pace keeps up."
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Background: 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.