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Several of these systems are being modernised and replaced. The industrial base required to maintain this arsenal employs about a fifth of the industrial work-force and swallows a third of national expenditure on research and development. Among a number of important defence contractors, Aerospatiale is the most important and acts as the prime contractor for all France's missiles, from Exocets to nuclear missiles with a range of several thousand miles. The links between Aerospatiale and the government are extremely close.

4 The Military [From strategic bombing to nuclear commands- the role of the Strategic Air Command and the US Services in nuclear weapons procurement the influence of the Soviet military- Admiral Fieldhouse and the Service Chiefs in the Ministry of Defence- the French military- the People's Liberation Army- the role of the military in nuclear weapons decisions and the influence of military thinking] From the air, the city was completely shattered. The streets stood out, white and empty, from the blocks where tall buildings had once stood.

Harold Brown, the second director, also became Director of Defense Research and Engineering, then Secretary of the Air Force, and then President Carter's Secretary of Defense. Duane Sewell, a deputy director, became Assistant Secretary of Energy. Richard Wagner, Associate Director at Livermore until1981, is the present Assistant Secretary of Defense for Atomic Weapons. Such a group, isolated and to a degree ostracised by scientists in civil fields, with a wall of secrecy between its activities and the outside, almost inevitably develops its own set of values and assumptions.

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