At Baltimore on Sept. 25, 1952, Candidate Dwight Eisenhower gave his views on the nation's most pressing problem—defense policy. This was also the problem that five-star General Eisenhower knew most about. He listed "three personal convictions that I hold to be true. First, our defense program has suffered from lack of farsighted direction. Second, real unification of our armed forces is yet to be achieved. Third, our defense program need not and must not push us steadily toward economic collapse."

Last week the three convictions became a specific plan—the first rational defense...

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