DEFENSE: The Drying Wood

In the midst of the uproar over atomic energy and the TVA one day last week, Missouri's Democratic Senator Stuart Symington rose on the Senate floor to change the subject. The first Secretary of the Air Force (1947-50) and today the Senate's most informed man on air power, Symington brought up a problem which hardly anyone else was thinking about: intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"Each day that goes by," said Symington, "sees the relative military strength of the U.S. and its allies becoming weaker as against the growing strength of the Communists." For example: "The incredible destructive power of hydrogen warheads...

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