DEFENSE: The Pentagon's Goal-Line Stand

For the Defense Department, this was supposed to be the year of the long knives. Even Pentagon friends like Barry Goldwater and Armed Services Committee Chairman John Stennis were talking about ways to economize on defense spending, particularly on the $21.9 billion requested for new weapons systems. But when the fight over the procurement portion of the 1974 budget ended last week, the Defense Department emerged surprisingly unscathed.

The Senate not only rejected proposed cuts in money for the new Trident missile-firing submarine, a new Army tank and a nuclear aircraft carrier,...

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