National Affairs: Step-Up

In addition to juggling the economy and foreign crises, President Kennedy last week ordered a step-up in U.S. deterrent and airlift capability, and asked Defense Secretary Robert McNamara to produce by month's end a full reappraisal of the U.S. defense setup. Along the way, Kennedy registered a solid boost in G.I. morale by rescinding Dwight Eisenhower's order calling for a cut-down in the number of military dependents abroad to slow the drain on gold.

Next day Bob McNamara, slim and businesslike, barreled into his first press conference to lay out some of the details of the Kennedy new look. Items:

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