National Affairs: Slower Buildup

In their drive for economy, the top budgetmakers of the Eisenhower Administration have made a decision to slow the buildup rate of the U.S. defense forces.

By means of bookkeeping switches, Budget Director Joseph Dodge was able to trim Harry Truman's 1954 defense budget from $41.5 billion to $38 billion with little or no damage to buildup goals. But last week Dodge let the Pentagon know that he plans to get the 1955 budget down to $35 billion by cutting: 1) the Air Force's goal from 143 groups to 110, and 2) the Navy's supercarrier program (from three carriers to two)...

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