The commanders of the Russian and American strategic nuclear missile forces have agreed to an exchange program under which missile personnel from one country will work with their counterparts in the other for one week. General Eugene Habiger, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, announced the program on October 28 at the end of a visit to Russia as the guest of Col. Gen. Vladimir Yakovlev, the chief of the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces. Each "shadow" team will include a range of ranks running from division command to a missile crew member.
Habiger visited several Russian missile facilities and seemed satisfied with the safety and security measures used by the Russians. He was also optimistic that the Russian Duma would approve the START II nuclear reduction treaty "sooner rather than later." (Reuter, October 28)
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