WESTERN UNION: Defense on Land

In Luxembourg's somber, gothic Chamber of Deputies last week, defense ministers of the five Western Union ("Brussels Pact") nations met to make further plans for unified arms production and service supply. They decided to try for:

¶ An increase of Western Europe's arms production without upping the total military budgets of the five nations. This could be done by assigning the bulk of certain standardized items to those nations which can make them most cheaply—for example, small arms to Belgium.

¶ A bigger output of equipment for land armies and army-support aviation, as opposed to naval and long-range bomber construction.


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