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by Glenn Hoveman
American Friends Service Committee
American ground troops are able to return from Indochina
because an unprecedented form of warfare-fought with
sensors, computers, instantaneous targeting and automatic
bombing-is taking their place, and not because the war is
actually fading away, according to a report on recent military
developments released last month.
Anti-war protest at home, along with discontent and
rebellion among American troops, has spurred the military to
develop secretly an automated war system at a cost of more
than $3 billion, says a report and slideshow issued by National
ActionResearch on the Military-Industrial
Complex(NARMlC), a program of the American Friends
As a result, the Quaker organization claims, full-scale wars
are easier than ever to wage without public approval, because
they will require no draft calls and only a relatively few
technicians to run them, with almost no danger to Americans,
but with great destruction to the other side,
Instead of American troops engaging in risky "search and
destroy" missions, electronic sensors which can detect
footsteps or sounds are dropped by plane over a wide area.
The sensors then transmit signals which are relayed to
computers that automatically direct bombers to the exact
"Instead of a ground war with American troops and
casualties, Nixon is fighting an automated air war with
American planes and bombs," the NARMIC report says. "He
says he is winding down the war, but he is only making it less
Super-sensitive sensors hang high in jungle foliage, or bury
themselves in the ground, or are camouflaged as tropical plants
or animal dung. Although different sensors can detect heat,
sound, ground vibrations, odors or the presence of nearby
metals, they cannot distinguish between a squad of troops and
a group of woodcutters coming down the trail, in the words
of Maj. Gen. John R. Deane, head of the special military
command on the automated battlefield.
Speaking in 1369 to the Association of the U.S. Army,
Gen. William Westmoreland described the automated
battlefield as one "on which we can destroy anything we
locate through instant communications and almost
instantaneous application of highly lethal firepower."
Testifying before the U.S. Senate Electronic Battlefield
Subcommittee in November, 1970, Gen. Ellis W. Williamson
said: "We are making unusual efforts to avoid having the
American young man stand toe-to-toe, eyeball-to-eyeball, or
even rifle-to-rifle against the enemy. . . We could often fight a
major battle without actually committing the physical bodies
of our men to the danger area."
The most extensive use of the new military technique is
against the Ho Chi Minn Trail, in an operation known as
"Igloo White" centered at a huge computer base in Thailand.
Air Force Brig. Gen. William John Evans described its
operations to the subcommittee:
"When a particular sensor string activates, a sketch of the
roadnet which that string of sensors is monitoring is called up
on a cathode ray tube. The computer automatically displays
and updates the movement ... of the target along that road
segment One or more F-4's (Phantom jets) are then instructed
to enter the coordinates into the aircraft's computer. . . This
gives the aircraft the course to that point and automatically
releases the ordnance at the proper time to hit the target."
Automated warfare poses the danger, warns the Quaker
report, that the government can engage in major
"conventional" wars without the consent--or even the
knowledge--of the American public, because such wars can be
waged primarily by technicians, thus avoiding the necessity of
The American Friends service committee, of which
NARMIC is a part, since its founding in 1917 has been
dedicated to the non-violent resolution of conflict and the
elimination of the causes of war.
by Steve Strasser
It's a community dedicated to Love and
his wife, Mrs. Love.
The members of the community - 49 UNL
coeds live in one of the University's most
conservative environments, an environment
which until recently discouraged such
eccentricities as blue jeans and midnight dates.
And although the community's traditionally
tight regulations have loosened residents now
have keys for late-night entries, and blue jeans
are common one coed who lives there said
the hall isn't opening up all that much.
"We only have co-ed visitation about twice a
year," Marilyn Nelson said. "If the new (more
liberal) rules go through I know we'll vote them
down here. We kind of cherish our privacy."
The community thrives on tradition, and
inhabits an East Campus residence hall
resembling a house in which George Washington
might once have slept.
There is even a religiously maintained Don
L Love Memorial Dining Room in honor of the
wealthy former Lincoln mayor and attorney
- who donated most of the money for
construction of Love Memorial Hall.
The dining room, furnished with benefactor
Love's own table and chairs, is one of seven
small dining rooms in the women's cooperative.
The six or eight women in each unit clean and
cook there are also seven small kitchens in
a rotating system that has remained about the
same since the first 49 coeds walked through
the door in 1941.
Tradition, conservatism and family living are
the trademarks of Love Hall, and each year
hundreds of applicants to live in the
University's most home-like residence hall are
Some of the applicants are probably aware
that Love Hall is the least expensive living unit
on campus at $45 per month for room and
board. Financial need is one of the criteria for
The other criteria are enrollment in either
the College of Home Economics or Agriculture
and scholastic ability (the house grade point
average is 3.2).
Formation of a Nebraska Women's Political
Caucus was announced Friday by Kathryn
Braeman, chairwoman of its temporary steering
The non-partisan group will encourag'.
women to become involved and will seek power
by uniting women committed to an equal share
in politics, Braeman said in a news release last
In the 51 years women have had the vote,
only 10 women have been members of the
Nebraska Legislature, Braeman said. Nebraskans
have never elected a woman governor, mayor,
senator or congresswoman, she said.
The caucus plans to work for the election of
qualified women candidates &nd men who
support women's issues, Braeman said. A
state-wide political workshop will be held Feb.
26 in Lincoln.
THE DAILY NEB RASKAN
Three coeds. . .in Love.
Love Hall residents are chosen by a
- committee including representatives from the
University Housing Office and Student Affairs
as well as Love Hall.
Living in Love is almost like a course in
caring for a family of eight. The women in each
unit take turns planning meals, buying and
cooking food, washing dishes and cleaning up
for the seven other coeds in their unit.
The hall is cleaned every day before 8 a.m.
and a major cleaning job is done every Saturday
morning, followed by a "white glove" check by
a hall officer. ,
There is a Standards Board to deal with
coeds who are unenthusiastic about their
duties, but the board is rarely convened.
Nelson said there is little friction among the
residence, probably due to the hall's family
life-style and the similar financial backgrounds
of most of the coeds.
"There aren't many problems," the Newman
Grove sophomore said. "We're one big happy
In the house that Love built.
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1972
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