Kennedy Calls Missile Program the Nation’s ‘Ace in the Hole’

on November 7, 2004

Two hundred Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles are located in silos in a 23,000-square-mile area stretching into nine Montana counties and controlled by the 341st Space Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base near Great Falls (pop. 56,690). President Kennedy called the missile program, which began in the 1960s with Minuteman I, the nation’s “ace in the hole.”

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