Defense: Strategic Realignment

On Capitol Hill, two of Robert Mc-Namara's most controversial canons are that 1) missiles must replace manned bombers as the primary strategic nu clear weapons, and 2) superfluous military installations must be eliminated. Last week, with Congress in recess, the Secretary of Defense took giant steps toward implementing both policies.

In one stroke the Pentagon ordered the closing, consolidation or cutting back of yet another 149 bases,* and disclosed a "realignment" of strategic forces that will scrap about two-thirds of the present big bomber fleet by 1971. All of the 80 supersonic...

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