There is no question but that the first consideration which must motivate any Administration is national survival. The United States must do what is necessary to maintain an adequate military posture: regardless of what any potential enemy of the United States may have, if that enemy should launch an attack, we must be able to retaliate and to destroy its war-making potential.
That is the principle that has guided this Administration in developing our current defense posture and in making crucial decisions for the future.
I realize that there are those who question this. Specialists in certain areas believe that we should put more emphasis on missiles, more on airborne alert, more on submarines, more on ground forces for limited war. I respect the right of any indi____________________
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