DEFENSE: The Facts of Power

Informed opinion is shifting more and more to the view that U.S. strategic planning lags dangerously behind atomic-thermonuclear development. Last week, speaking to a Tulsa business group, American Airlines' President Cyrus Rowlett Smith, an Army Air Forces major general in World War II, put the case for a radical change in defense policy. "Is it not sensible," asked Smith, "to question that adequate security can best be provided merely by numbers of men? Has the time not come to re-examine the old criterion—divisions, divisions, divisions—in light of the effectiveness of new weapons?

"It seems to me to be fairly self-evident that...

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