Defense Spending and Reorganization

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Controvers over defence spending

Anew debate on the place of air power in the nation's defense has been set off by the cuts proposed by the Eisenhower administration in the Truman defense budget. If approved by Congress, the revised budget will hit the Air Force harder than either the Army or the Navy. Champions of air power, disturbed by lowering of the sights for Air Force expansion, have found additional cause for misgivings in President Eisenhower's designation of Adm. Radford to succeed Gen. Bradley as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Radford in 1949 led Navy opposition to the Air Force program for development of the B-36 intercontinental bomber. And a pending Defense Department reorganization plan, scheduled to go into effect June 30, promises ...

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