DEFENSE: New Strategy

The Administration last week announced two far-reaching decisions on disposition of U.S. armed forces in the Pacific that fitted with remarkable good sense into the U.S. defense plan worked out by the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff last month (TIME, Dec. 20).

Secretary of State Dulles announced flatly that the U.S. regards Okinawa and the bulk of the Ryukyu and Bonin Island chains as "essential links" in the strategic defense of the whole Pacific area, intends to keep control of them "so long as conditions of threat and tension exist in the Far East." Under a defense system that...

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