Air Secretary Thomas Finletter believed in a balanced Army, Navy and Air Force. But he long ago made it clear that the Air Force needed a lot more weight to hold down its share of world responsibilities. In 1948, the famed Finletter Report set 70 groups as the minimum needed; since then, working closely with Chief of Staff Hoyt Vandenberg, he had concluded that the Air Force would need a whole lot more to counter the Russian atomic bomb. Last week he sold a reluctant George Marshall on his case, ordered the Air Force to up its aim from 84...

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