DEFENSE: $ I Billion More

Buried underground, the U.S. has as much "conventional" ammunition as World War II armies fired in Europe. That is quite a stockpile; so Defense Secretary Wilson last week announced that conventional arms orders are being reduced in favor of emphasis on the wonder weapons of the future. To rush work on them, Wilson said he would ask Congress in January for an additional $1 billion—a hike in defense spending from $34.5 billion in the fiscal year 1956, ending June 30, to $35.5 billion in fiscal 1957.

A quarter of the boost would go to U.S. guided missile development, which has...

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