DEFENSE WEEK: A Few More Billions

The House Appropriations Committee last week considered a modest request from the White House for seven billion more dollars for the Army and Navy—mostly for the Army. Committee members calculated that when (not if) the sum is appropriated the U.S. will have undertaken to spend more than 67½ billion dollars for national defense since June 1940.

> For the Navy the President's request was relatively picayune: $380,050,000 (including $120,000,000 for arming merchant vessels).

> The Army's whopping $6,687,369,046 provoked dope stories that the Army was getting ready for an A.E.F., a guess that General George Marshall promptly denied.

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