DEFENSE: Budget Blues

Into the Pentagon last week drummed word from the White House that defense spending for fiscal 1961 must be held at or below the present $41 billion level. The services estimated that they would need $43 billion to $44 billion just to maintain present strength and cope with the rising costs of personnel and weapons. Obviously some serious cuts were coming. Best guesses:

Army. The 870,000-man Army could not take much of a cut if it was to keep any brush-fire or full-scale war capability. The Army will probably get $9.5 billion, about...

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