ARMED FORCES: Up From a Shoestring

If there is to be an even bigger military budget, as the President has indicated, the Air Force is sure to get the biggest share. It is already getting set to present the Joint Chiefs with a formal demand for 161 groups. And it already has strong congressional support, led by Massachusetts' Senator Henry Cabot Lodge (TIME, July 23).

To achieve the force that it regards as minimum for the nation, the Air Force must first break the "balanced forces" concept which rigidly rules the J.C.S. Balanced forces is a cozy compromise of unification, whereby the three services agree to...

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