President Truman sent up to Congress last week the itemized bill for the first installment of U.S. mobilization. He asked for $10.5 billion immediately, to add over 600,000 men to the nation's armed forces —240,000 for the Army, 268,000 for the Navy, 137,000 for the Air Force. Nearly half the total—$4.5 billion—was allotted to the Air Force to start it building from a 48-to a 69-group force.* Some $3.3 billion would go for new Air Force and Navy planes, $2.6 billion for tanks, guns and ordnance. Costs of ships, equipment, and maintaining troops would eat up the rest.

On top of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!