President Reagan gives a brief speech to press assembled at the White House before departing for the Economic Summit Conference in France. He jokes that Nancy is upstairs "unplugging the toaster" and that they are ready to depart. He talks about the economic progress of the United States. Economic and security relations being the foremost foreign concerns.
Crisis in Poland after the imposition of Martial Law by its Military Government. Civilians wait in long lines to buy food and ration from shops due to acute shortage. An idle sewing machine in a tailor's shop. A couple buys eatables from a shop. Ships at the Gdansk Shipyard. Ship building workers raise flags and move on strike against the imposition of Martial Law. Workers close the gates of the shipyard. A huge crowd of people on a strike. A man and a woman distribute printed circulars to the striking people.
Navy yellow shirt plane director guides an A-6E Intruder of VA-145, with folded wings, on deck of the USS Ranger (CV-61). The aircraft displays tail code NE of Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2) and the Swordsmen insignia of VA-145. Closeup of an F-14A Tomcat tail, displaying the red wolfhead insignia of VF-1 (The Wolfpack). An aviation fuels purple shirt clambers over the top of the F-14A. Two aviation ordnance red shirts seen transporting 20mm belt ammunition across the deck for the the ship's Phalanx CIWS anti-missile Gatling gun. Yellow shirt directs a Grumman E-2 Hawkeye tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft as it proceeds along the flight deck.
During the period from 1973 to 1982 the U.S. Air Force Electromagnetic Hazards Group, led by Robert K. Golka, conducted long arc simulated lightning attachment tests under Project Tesla. This film shows electrical "lightning" discharges being created with Tesla coils inside a hangar at Wendover Air Force Base in Utah. (Several discharges display what appear to be "ball lightning.")
U.S. President Ronald Reagan at the White House in Washington DC. President Ronald Reagan gives a speech on the Defense Budget. He speaks about the Defense Program America needs. President Reagan states that the American security should be prepared for all situations. An animation shows 'Intercontinental Missiles'. Intermediate Range Weapons from 1978-1982. An animation shows the difference in production of submarines, artillery and weapons between the United States and the Soviets. An animated picture shows the 'Soviet Communications Intelligence Facility'. The Soviet Weaponry Sandino Airfield, Nicaragua. An airfield under construction in Grenada. President Reagan in his speech states that the American military force should be ready to respond to any emergency situation. An animated graph shows the percent of budget from 1960-1980. At the end of the speech President Ronald Reagan asks for America's prayers and support.
The battle for democracy in El Salvador. On 28th March 1982, 80 percent of women in charge of the new constitution. People stand in queues. Officials attend an assembly to plan for popular election of a president in March, 1984. An official speaks in the assembly. Officials raise their hands in favor during the assembly. The President of El Salvador, Alvaro Magana speaks from his office. The flag and the insignia of El Salvador. People work on computers for registration of individual voters. The President of Central Election Council, Armando Rodnguez Eguizabal talks about the election preparations. People work on identity cards. People stand in queues and cast their votes. Guerrilla attacks resulting in explosions. A bus burns and a damaged bridge. Soldiers in action against the violence spread by guerrilla attack. One soldier runs and gets into a helicopter. President Magana speaks. The soldier in the helicopter. Officials inspect the voting area from the helicopter. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fidel Chavez Mena speaks. Roberto D'Aubuisson Arrieta addresses a large crowd regarding his voting campaign. Jose Napolean Duarte delivers a speech.