National Affairs: Questions for Debate

The U.S. is headed right up through space toward an annual defense budget of $60 to $70 billion within the next ten years (v. 1958's $39 billion) unless it faces up soon to some basic choices. Next week at the U.S. Marine station at Quantico, Va., 175 of the nation's top military and civilian defense experts will take off coats and jackets, roll up their sleeves to wrestle with the big questions. Items: <I Since the price of military hardware is rocketing (e.g., a B58 costs $8,000,000, the projected B70 "chemical bomber" may cost...

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