THE BUDGET: Shapes Beneath the Wraps

Under a shroud as concealing as the wraps around an Atlas missile last week was the U.S. budget for the fiscal year 1959 (beginning next July 1). But like a big missile's cover, the shroud could scarcely conceal the gigantic bulk record peacetime $73.5 billion to $74 billion. Even a few of the budget's major components were becoming noticeable. Items:

DEFENSE. The Administration is already set to ask a supplemental appropriation of $1.3 billion under the present (1958) budget, beyond that will seek $40 billion for fiscal 1959. The Air Force will get...

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