National Affairs: Defense Mess

In its 43rd report on U.S. mobilization, issued last week, Lyndon Johnson's Senate subcommittee on preparedness was good & mad about the state of U.S. air power.

First off, it was mad (without naming him) at Harry Truman for stretching the completion date of a 143-wing Air Force into mid-1955. The Joint Chiefs of Staff placed the period of greatest U.S. peril in 1953-54, the report observed, and recommended a minimum 143-wing Air Force by December 1954 at the latest. "The failure to meet initial production schedules ... is now being used as an excuse for the stretch-out," said the report. Moreover,...

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