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Nuclear Missiles Near Cities

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Book Id: WPLBN0000116693
Format Type: PDF eBook
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Reproduction Date: 2008
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Title: Nuclear Missiles Near Cities  
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Government Printing Office (U.S.)
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Excerpt: It has recently become apparent that the Army is planning to place a major nuclear missile installation, part of the controversial “Sentinel” antiballistic missile system, in the immediate vicinity of Chicago. Installation of antiballistic missiles (ABMs) near population centers seems contrary to the general plans for the Sentinel program, as presented to Congress by spokesmen for the Department of Defense in the course of the past year. Those spokesmen emphasized that the installations were not intended to protect isolated cities, but to cover large areas, 400 to 600 miles across. Now, with some of the detailed plans being revealed, the intention seems to be that most of the installations - are to be in population centers, or very close to them. There are disadvantages to having such a site in - a heavily populated area. The Sentinel missile base could well be a first target in any nuclear attack on the United States. In addition, the possibility of a truly catastrophic accidental explosion, though remote, can never be completely ruled out-especially with the hair-trigger readiness in which the Sentinel missiles must be kept...

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