Limitations on the CELV backup sought by DoD were no longer valid.
(73.) Such a claim is hard to document specifically, and derives from the author's experience as part of the continuing discussions between NASA and the Air Force as part of the Air Force Secretariat Office of Space Plans and Policy, and can be found throughout the time period in media articles in the New York Times, Aviation Week and Space Technology, and as evidenced by the exchange of letters from Congress, cited above, concerning the different views of the "real intent" behind the Air Force's CELV effort.
When the NRC study results showed strong support for the Air Force's effort, Weinberger was able to respond to Addabbo that "This strategy to acquire and employ complementary ELVs (CELVs) has the strongest support from all the users of space launch vehicles and the National Research Council." By the time of his September 1984 letter, Weinberger also had the support of the President, expressed in the "National Space Strategy." (72)