Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives May 6 1983, Page 1

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 6, 1983, Tokyo, Japan Bal 1 q it is 12 in 75 Pacific stars and stripes 7j Tua Joseph e burial 38th 125 250 compiled from wire services Washington the Reagan administrations request to add More than troops to the Active armed services has been rejected by the House armed services a congressional source instead of granting the administrations the panel decided to add to the National guard and the Reserve reports committee sources told the Washington Post that most commit tee convinced that defense reductions were necessary to reduce future budget favored the freeze in troop Levels to elimination of some Large weapons also sought by the who asked not to be said the panel took the an authorized unofficial publication for the personnel of the department of other government agencies and authorized personnel within the Pacific command House panel said to deny troop increase vote at a closed meeting tuesday night its first closed session on defense spending for the fiscal year that begins although there has been Strong bipartisan support for cuts in the administrations proposed 1984 de sense the vote was the first formal action specifying where those reductions should be May the current strength of armed forces on Active duty is programmed at As of the end of the current fiscal the administrations budget had sought an increase to As of the end of the 1984 fiscal with minor increases for the army and marines and major additions for the Navy nearly sailors and for the air nearly Long before the vote the army had decided it could not afford both the weapons it said it needed and the additional the newspaper but the Navy is running the risk of not having enough sailors to Man the 600ship Fleet it wants to so it pressed the committee to authorize spending for see Page 6 Aid to afghan rebels reported hiked times Washington the United states has stepped up the Quantity and Quality of Covert military support for afghan insurgents fighting soviet forces and the soviet backed government in according to administration the officials said president Reagan made the decision last fall with the purpose of forcing Moscow to pay a higher Price for its More than 3 year old Effort to assert control Over the officials denied that there was any connection Between this and what they said were recent increases in soviet and cuban Aid for Nicaragua and for salvadoran they also denied that their confirmation now of activities that the administration had been assiduously keeping Sec ret was intended As a signal to the soviet the americans confirmed the activities Only after being told that soviet officials had reported them in Moscow earlier this beginning last the officials the Central intelligence Agency was ordered to pro vide the afghan insurgents for the first time with grenade mines and recoilless one official said shoulder fired antiaircraft missiles were also being almost All the arms were said to be of soviet together with stepped up soviet military Active the officials the result has essentially been to maintain the standoff Between the soviet forces and their afghan surrogates on the one and the insurgents on the at a higher Cost to both the judgment of administration intelligence analysts and experts is that the Overall soviet military position has improved but that the soviet backed government of Babrak Karmal remains hopelessly unpopular and that his army is of dwindling the officials said administration policy was to pursue a negotiated settlement of the but acknowledged that there seemed to be Little Chance of reconciling Moscow has been putting pressure on Pakistan to Stem the flow of supplies across its Border into but the officials said the pakistanis continued to refuse separate arrangements with see Page 6 saving the stuffed Polly Freeman carries her stuffed animal to safety through floodwaters outside her torrential rain throughout the Ohio Valley is Only part of fierce including killer tornadoes in new that have ravaged the nation this Page a Reagan russian Noffer positive compiled from wire services Washington president Reagan said wednesday that soviet Leader Yuri Andropov new arms control proposal is encouraging be cause it indicates the superpowers Are moving closer to the same approach to cutting their arsenals of nuclear Reagan said Andropov Surprise offer tuesday to scale Down the number of warheads on soviet in Termedis Verange missiles will be Given serious As we do with any proposal that they but Western european govern ments reacted cautiously to the new soviet arms some welcomed the inclusion of warheads in measuring nuclear but Brit Ain and France said they wont go along with counting their missiles As part of the nato Arsenal part of Andropov the president acknowledging the offer contains the rejected by the United that British and French forces be counted along with missiles set for deployment in said it will take time to see Page 6

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