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May 2, 1977

Editorial

Beam Weapon Threat

Avionics

Soviets Push for Beam Weapon

Avionics

Debate Seen on Charged-Particle Work

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Editorial

Beam Weapon Threat

The Soviet Union has achieved a technical breakthrough in high-energy physics application that may soon provide it with a directed-energy beam weapon capable of neutralizing the entire United States ballistic missile force and checkmating this country’s strategic doctrine.

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Avionics

Soviets Push for Beam Weapon

Washington—Soviet Union is developing a charged-particle beam device designed to destroy U. S. intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missile nuclear warheads. Development tests are being conducted at a facility in Soviet Central Asia.

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Avionics

Debate Seen on Charged-Particle Work

Washington —Senior U. S. scientists and engineers believe that this nation is on the verge of a heated debate over the strategic implications of charged-particle beam development in the Soviet Union and the U. S. “That debate is just getting under way and it is likely to rival the ‘Fortress America Great Defense Debate’ in 1952 involving Taft [Sen. Robert A. Taft], the B-36 bomber and strategic defense policies,” one U. S. official said.
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Management

F-15 Squadron Flies to German Base

First operational squadron of Air Force/McDonnell Douglas F-15 fighter aircraft flew from Langley AFB, Va., to Bitburg Air Base, West Germany, last week in a single movement designed to show USAF capability to reinforce NATO forces rapidly.
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In-House Research

Washington — U. S. Air Force and Navy are expected by Fiscal 1978 to cut inhouse research and exploratory development to approximately 35%, with 65% being contracted out, a Defense Dept. official told Congress. This is approximately the goal set a year ago (AW&ST June 7, 1976, p. 47), John L. Allen said during testimony before the House Armed Services subcommittee on research and development.
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Management

Carter Strategic Weapon Funding Backed in House

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Senate Unit Cuts F-14A

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Management

Defense Installations and Logistics Reassigned

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Management

Eased Arms Sales Urged for Pacific Nations

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Space Technology

CIA Satellite Data Link Study Revealed

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