Nuclear Nike Missiles Safe CD Directors Told

Nuclear Nike Missiles Safe CD Directors Told

Major General Dwight E. Beach, Army guided missiles director, recently told the National Association of State and Territorial Civil Defense Directors that Nike guided missiles, even with nuclear warheads, “are much safer than neighborhood gasoline stations.”

Speaking at a meeting of the association in Washington, General Beach explained the so-called “kill areas” of a Nike-Hercules missile, when sent out to intercept an enemy bomber would be over non-populated areas. He also said there is no fall-out hazard when the Nikes are exploded at “safe altitudes.”

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