COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis Friday called for diverting government resources from nuclear weapons to conventional military programs to beef up the nation's forces without a major increase in defense spending.
At the start of a two-day swing across the South, the candidate for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination pledged that "my top priority as President will be to improve our conventional defense."
Dukakis called for scrapping "technological fantasies" such as President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative and the Midgetman missile and investing in a "conventional defense initiative" to improve U.S. military capability in Europe, improve anti-submarine warfare operations and provide additional training and supplies to U.S. forces.
Make Tanks Obsolete
"We may not be able to make nuclear weapons obsolete, but a (conventional defense initiative) might be able to make the current generation of Soviet tanks obsolete," he said.