World Arms Race

Archive Report

Accelerated Competition in Armaments

Objective and Hazards of Western Rearmament

Debate in Congress on appropriations for the national military establishment and for foreign aid has underscored the massive scope of the rearmament program of the United States and its allies. It has likewise brought renewed expression of fears as to the final outcome of the arms race into which the western nations have been swept, seemingly without choice. And it has given occasion for fresh warnings of the probable economic consequences of attempting to carry for long the burden of arms expenditures on the current scale.

Communist military aggression in Korea produced a sharp change in the tempo and extent of western rearmament but as Secretary of State Acheson recently emphasized, “It was not Korea alone that ...

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