National Affairs: NEW DEFENSE MODEL V. MORE CHROME

THE U.S. was beginning to realize that the Russian thermonuclear bomb demands a whole new range of political and military thinking. The dominant fact percolating through policy discussion in Washington is that the U.S.S.R. will have enough super bombs to menace the U.S. by 1956 or sooner (TIME, Sept. 21). And the thermonuclear blast is so devastating (potentially thousands of times the power of the most up-to-date atomic bomb) that victory after 1956 may go not to the nation with the biggest stockpile of bombs but to the nation that drops them first.

Treasury Secretary Humphrey has been a firm believer in...

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