Unruly Bombers, Unseen Missiles: Upsetting SALT II

Ognibene, Peter G.
January 1976
New Republic;1/24/76, Vol. 174 Issue 4, p8
Discusses the limitations on the side of the United States that upset talks leading to the formation of a second strategic arms limitation treaty (SALT II) with the Soviet Union. Apprehensions related to the strategic use of medium range bomber aircraft Backfire; Political opportunity posed by the SALT II in the wake of presidential elections in the U.S.; Problems caused in the arms negotiation process that limited SALT I; Views that the U.S. would prefer to include the bomber under the Vladivostok ceiling, but the Soviet Union has resisted that idea for at least two reasons; Opinion of the media that the U.S. has linked its development of cruise missiles to a resolution of the Backfire question.


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