DEFENSE: All Sorts of Ideas

The President could hardly have been surprised that another big question at his news conference dealt with the state of U.S. defenses; his morning Washington Post headlined the plea of Air Force General Thomas Power, chief of the Strategic Air Command, for a round-the-clock SAC airborne alert to cover the years (1961-63) when the U.S. will lag in missile production.

"Mr. President," asked U.P.I.'s Merriman Smith, "do you feel any sense of urgency in catching up with the Russians?" Ike was obviously irritated. "I'm always a bit amazed about this business of catching...

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