Archive Report

Military Influence in Postwar Period

Military Preparedness and the Threat of Militarism

Traditional fears of militarization have been sharply revived in recent months by administration demands for a. stronger peacetime military establishment to back up the hardened Truman-Marshall policy toward Russia. Anti-war groups have expressed mounting concern over the strong influence which the military has exercised in Washington and in the country as a whole since V-J Day. The President's dramatic appeal to Congress, Mar. 17, for a peacetime draft and universal military training, and his subsequent request for a $3 billion increase in appropriations for the armed services, have raised the spectre of even more pervasive military control.

American public opinion undoubtedly favors adequate preparation for defense under present world conditions,1 but it has always opposed ...

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