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1960. 31 32 45 History of Strategic Air and Ballistic Missile Defense, 1956–1972: Volume II An aggressor’s destruction must be so inevitable that initiating war is tantamount to suicide. That strength I believe we have now. . Some of the facts which support this judgment are: (a) Our total strength . . is so great that any surprise attack upon us would result in unacceptable destruction to the attacker. . (b) The establishment of early warning systems, the capability for an airborne alert at the time and on the scale needed, and the deployment of mobile, hardened and concealed missiles are progressing as planned.

39 As illustrated in Table 10, changes in the deployed forces of NORAD and USAF ADC during this period also reflect the general reduction which was occurring. Comments on similar reductions can be found in Chapter IV. , p. 454. , p. 126. , p. 156. 37 38 47 History of Strategic Air and Ballistic Missile Defense, 1956–1972: Volume II Table 10—Summary of Force Changes, 31 December 1959–1 July 1960 NORAD Interceptor Sqds NORAD Nike Batteries USAF ADC Interceptor Sqds 31 December 1959 1 July 1960 67 55 258 270* 56 44 * This number had declined to 143 batteries by 1 July 1964.

S. vulnerability to Soviet attack, and consequently a sense that a major change in the world-military situation is impending. R. S. 23 This fearful appraisal of the impending Soviet ICBM achievement was coupled with “. . S. R. S. was behind the Soviet Union in ICBM capabilities and that we were threatened by an offensive power soon to be greater than our own. This threat and the motivation it provided will be dealt with as evidence is presented to support the contention. A variety of measures support the general pattern of policy reflected in the FY 1959 testimony.

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