DEFENSE: Aiming While Arming

Sooner would an Air Force general do a loop in a hurricane than reverse himself on a major weapons program—especially after billions have been invested, service prestige put on the line, business and political support generated all along the production line. But last week Air Force Chief of Staff Thomas D. White spelled out for the House Appropriations Committee an Air Force proposal to slash $500 million out of the 1961 budget for air defenses against enemy bombers, apply the money to stepped-up construction of the Atlas and Minuteman ICBMs and the...

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