The story of the Missile Experimental - MX missile - was the story of a collision between politicians, engineers, the military and the American public that began in 1975. The MX was to be a large, super-accurate weapon, weighing 200,000 pounds and approximately 100 feet tall. "MX" was also a story that raised a central question of the nuclear age: what are nuclear weapons for? What was more important for effective deterrence - to threaten Soviet missiles, which could lead to a hair trigger on both sides, or to be able to strike back? Once decided the MX must be survivable, how the MX should be based became the critical issue for Congress. Each scheme for deploying the missile seemed to create more problems than it solved. A bi-partisan commission appointed by the Reagan Administration recommended a three-pronged settlement: the silo-based MX, a new, truly mobile missile called the Midgetman, and arms control talks. Thirty-two basing schemes later and nearly a decade after the MX was conceived, its production was approved. Written and Produced by Graham Chedd, Produced by Carol Lynn Dornbrand, first broadcast April 3, 1989.
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