Nation: FOR FREEDOM

In the Making

ALREADY well dug in, and well prepared to defend U.S. commitments around the world, the U.S. Army will get $1,440,000,000 of President Kennedy's new $3,454,600,000 defense request, spend it mainly for the manpower and firepower of conventional warfare. Behind the request is President Kennedy's decision, long advocated by Presidential Adviser Maxwell Taylor (TIME cover, July 28), to make U.S. defenses flexible enough to meet a Communist attack on its own terms—wherever it hits, whatever its weapons—from rifle bullets to nuclear missiles.

In a year's time, the Army will build up from...

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