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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 29, 1962, Darmstadt, HesseThe Stais and stapes Mcnamara favors eventual minuteman priority Over Polaris Navy chief says Russ missile subs Washington a America s naval chief says missile firing so Viet submarines soon will have weapons capable of greatly exceeding their present 350-m i i e Range and Ere a positive threat to . Coastal areas. Adm George Wanderson chief of naval operations expressed this View in recent secret testimony just made Public by the House appropriations committee. The testimony also disclosed Secretary of defense Robert s. Mcnamara assigned top military priority in the current defense pro Gram to increasing combat ready army divisions from 11 to 16. He also gave a High priority to building the Polaris nuclear sub Marine Force up to its 41 authorized vessels but repeated a stand taken earlier that no More would be needed after that. Mcnamara said he preferred spending funds after that goal is reached on the solid fuel minute Man missile thus signalling the end of Polaris production. It is difficult to justify a Polaris Force of More than 41 submarines the defense Secretary was quoted As saying. This is the number built building and provided for in the defense program for the coming year. Mcnamara said the missiles in the six submarines now operating have a Range of 1,200 nautical Miles those in the seventh through the 19th submarine will Range 1, 500 Miles and those in the 20th through the 41st vessel will go 2,500 Miles. A nautical Miles is 115 land Miles. The hearings disclosed Gen. Lyman l. Lemnitzer chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and a ground Soldier favored building another super Carrier for the Navy. He testified that the attack car Rier is As important today As it was during world War he revealed also that Marine corps commandant David m. Shoup and Anderson shared his View. An Derson said in War there la no substitute for them carriers Mcnamara went along with Lemnitzer but under questioning was hard pressed to assign the car Rier anything higher than seventh place in defense priorities. The fun list in descending order of emphasis was increasing com Bat ready army divisions from 11 to 16, equipping those divisions expanding Airlift to move those troops bonding More nuclear sub marines to fight russian submarines and giving the air Force Russ corridor harassment called pointless by Taylor f continued from Page it troops is essential to the Freedom of the City be said. Asked under what conditions the Allied forces would no longer be heeded the general replied if the world suddenly became much bet Ter than it is at the present time and we could All beat our swords into Plo shares. I Hope that time will come but i cannot say i can foresee Taylor said he read that a num Home outlines Geneva talks London Dpi foreign Secretary lord Home told the House of lords wednesday that soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko looked me in the Eye in Geneva and denied that soviet planes had dropped radar hampering Metal foil in the Berlin air corridors. Home died Gromyko s denial a one reason for the Western insist ence on inspection and verification in nuclear test ban agree ment at the Geneva disarmament conference. Home said he knew that the soviets recently dropped the foil into the Berlin air corridors from six bombers. Home said. "1 spoke about this to or. Gromyko and he looked me in the Eye and he Oid it did not but he said it did happen. What in the absence of Verinica. Tion by examination of a test ban is to prevent the russians looking us in the Eye and saying exactly the same see Story on Page jew in a general review of develop ments at Geneva. Home said he could not Tell yet whether the russians truly wanted to disarm on Berlin Home said the West must convince Russia that a Settle ment can be achieved. Washington

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