DEFENSE: Strategy in Transition

Vague hints dropped by Defense Secretary Wilson during a press conference last week set off such headlines as U.S. WEIGHS CUTBACK IN TROOPS FOR NATO. Next day Secretary of State Dulles said in a press conference: "I am quite sure there is no plan to withdraw NATO forces."

Which Secretary's story was right? Both, reporters learned after some digging and piecing together. Wilson was talking about long-term prospects. Some of the Administration's military planners are trying to sell the President a new defense plan. Under this plan, the U.S. contribution to peacetime overseas forces, both in Europe and Asia, would consist...

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