DEFENSE: A Little Protective Reaction

How much the U.S. should spend for defense and nuclear arms seems certain to be one of the most emotional and hard-fought issues of the presidential campaign. A big slash in the defense budget is a keynote of George McGovern's campaign. A lesser cut is advocated by Hubert Humphrey. With his SALT agreements signed in Moscow, President Nixon has thrust nuclear arms into the harsh glare of national attention. Some of the first arguments over the size of next year's defense budget began in Congress last week.

Despite grumbling by hawks, some conservatives and some...

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