Prize Essay 1970, First Honorable Mention
The first photograph of a successful U. S. intercept of an ICBM—a finely-scribed "X" marks the spot—was taken over the ocean where, common sense tells us, all such interceptions should take place. But, just as we did not always exercise our national common sense in prosecuting the Vietnamese War, we do not seem now to be using common sense in our approach to defense against ICBMs.
The closing months of the Seventh Decade of the 20th century found the United States busily engaged in the beginnings of one costly misadventure even as it was liquidating another. Superficially there was little resemblance between the two: Vietnam is half a world away from the United States, and there is scarcely anything about the nature and prospective employment of the Safeguard anti-ballistic missile system that can be compared with the guerrilla warfare in the jungles of Southeast Asia.