Robert F. Mellow

Sunday, September 25, 1960

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Mellow, Director of Civilian Personnel of the US Army Ordinance Missile Command, discusses the work of the Army in the field of missiles.

Frank Titus moderates.

Panelists: Charles Tuck, Angela Descala, and Charles Rosema


Putting the Army out of the space business was not a good idea. Dr. Wernher von Braun's talents have been transferred to NASA. There is a place for women at Redstone Arsenal Base in support areas and in science and in engineering. Responds to criticism of civilians working for the military. The Army is an impressive employer for engineers and scientists. Security precautions at Redstone. The Soviets have demonstrated some capabilities more than the US, particularly in thrust, but the U.S. has more capabilities than them in other areas. It's difficult to compare the two programs. Nike Zeus program. Program funding.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72055
Municipal archives id: LT9072


Angela Descala, Robert F. Mellow, Charles Rosema, Frank Titus and Charles Tuck


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