ARMED FORCES: Gathering Might

The quickening of U.S. military mobilization was barely discernible last week. Partly this was because, as mobilization grew, the exercise of security precautions was growing too. But there were signs of progress:

¶ The Air Force announced that it would increase to 917,000 "as soon as possible," nearly doubling its present strength. The Air Force also decided to reopen 13 more stand-by bases within the next twelve months, to expand facilities for its growth to an 84-group Air Force.

¶ Five more of the nation's 27 Air National Guard groups were called up for active duty, presumably in the defense of...

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