National Affairs: Decision in the Air

The only real argument over the record-breaking, $15.9 billion defense budget (see above) was how the money should be divided up among the services. The House bill gave Army, Navy & Air Force just about what the President had asked for—with one significant difference.

The difference, explained Representative George Mahon, reflected the conviction of the committeemen that "the only force under heaven that can now deliver the quick and devastating blow is the United States Air Force." Said Mahon: "We put the emphasis of air power in this bill."

More Planes, Please. Mahon had hardly...

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