DEFENSE: He Lost Control

When the request rolled up Capitol Hill for $38.5 billion for U.S. defense in fiscal 1958, the word was that this was President Eisenhower's minimum figure for the needs of the nation's security. Such a word was usually enough to get Eisenhower, defense specialist, almost anything out of Congress that he wanted. But when Congress jibbed a bit, the President said he could accept a $1.3 billion "bookkeeping" cut. Then Defense Secretary Charles Erwin Wilson found out that he could cut service manpower and lop off $200 million more. Back of the Battle...

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