ARMY & NAVY: Little Big-Navy


The total cost of the Administration's proposed "Big Navy" program having been fixed at some $1,500,000,000, to be spread over the next five to nine years and to include 74 ships plus men, aircraft and maintenance (TIME, Feb. 20), the Naval Affairs Committee of the House last week held caucus for Irate Citizens. Most of the talk focused on the ship program which, taken separately, totaled some $800,000,000.

Speechmaking in Indianapolis, Secretary Wilbur of the Navy tried valiantly to minimize the figures (he quoted only $740,000,000) and to magnify...

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