NATIONAL DEFENSE: Piece by Piece

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.

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