The Nation: Defense: Pulling Back

A GEORGE MCGOVERN presidency would shake the Pentagon to its subterranean fallout shelters. He has proposed a $32 billion slash in the defense budget within three years and spelled out precisely how he would achieve it (see chart, next page). As he defended that position before a Joint Economic Committee hearing on Capitol Hill last week, it was apparent that arms is the area in which McGovern has been most specific and will not waffle. To support his point that national security is threatened less from abroad than by "the deterioration of our...

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