Foreign News: Assumptions

Britain's forthcoming defense program, accenting science and air power, and de-emphasizing army and navy, is based on the following official assumptions, the Manchester Guardian reported last week:

¶ The advent of the thermonuclear bomb means that the first 20 or 30 hours of a major war would probably be decisive for the tight-packed British Isles, and Britain must therefore go all out to build up an atomic bomber force, capable of destroying Soviet bomber bases—either in coordination with the U.S. Strategic Air Command or independently of it.

¶ Until 1960, U.S. supremacy in strategic air power will continue to deter the Russians...

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