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AUTHORIZING APPROPRIATIONS FOR
AIRCRAFT, MISSILES, AND NAVAL VESSELS

FOR THE ARMED FORCES

(No. 10)

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EIGHTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

PURSUANT TO

H.R. 6151
TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR AIRCRAFT, MISSILES,
AND NAVAL VESSELS FOR THE ARMED FORCES, AND FOR

OTHER PURPOSES

APRIL 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 24, MAY 2, AND 3, 1961.

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

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WASHINGTON : 1961

COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES

87TH CONGRESS, 1st SESSION

CARL VINSON, Georgia, Chairman
PAUL J. KILDAY, Texas

LESLIE C. ARENDS, Illinois
L. MENDEL RIVERS, South Carolina LEON H. GAVIN, Pennsylvania
PHILIP J. PHILBIN, Massachusetts WALTER NORBLAD, Oregon
F. EDWARD HÉBERT, Louisiana

JAMES E. VAN ZANDT, Pennsylvania
ARTHUR WINSTEAD, Mississippi

WILLIAM H. BATES, Massachusetts MELVIN PRICE, Illinois

ALVIN E. O'KONSKI, Wisconsin 0. C. FISHER, Texas

WILLIAM G. BRAY, Indiana PORTER HARDY, JR., Virginia

BOB WILSON, California CLYDE DOYLE, California

FRANK C. OSMERS, JR. New Jersey
CHARLES E. BENNETT, Florida

CHARLES S. GUBSER, California
RICHARD E. LANKFORD, Maryland FRANK J. BECKER, New York
GEORGE HUDDLESTON, JR., Alabama CHARLES E. CHAMBERLAIN, Michigan
JAMES A. BYRNE, Pennsylvania

ALEXANDER PIRNIE, New York
A. PAUL KITCHIN, North Carolina

DURWARD G. HALL, Missouri DANIEL B. BREWSTER, Maryland

DONALD D. CLANCY, Ohio
FRANK KOWALSKI, Connecticut

ROBERT T. STAFFORD, Vermont
SAMUEL S. STRATTON, New York
JEFFERY COHELAN, California
VICTOR WICKERSHAM, Oklahoma
OTIS G. PIKE, New York
A. FERNÓS-ISEBN, Puerto Rico

ROBERT W. SMART, Chief Counsel

PHILIP W. KELLEHER, Counsel

FRANK M. SLATINSHEK, Counsel
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[No. 10) H.R. 6151, TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR AIRCRAFT,

MISSILES, AND NAVAL VESSELS FOR THE ARMED FORCES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES,

Washington, D.C., Tuesday, April 11, 1961, The committe met at 10 a.m., Hon. Carl Vinson (chairman of the committee) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. Now let the committee come to order.

Members of the committee, this is still an executive session. What we will discuss today is highly classified.

Now this morning we will start a hearing on H.R. 6151, a bill which I introduced yesterday, authorizing the appropriation of $11,874,800,000 for aircraft, missiles, and naval vessels for the three military départments. Each member has a copy of the bill before him and can see how this sum is broken down for each of the three departments.

In view of the very fine posture hearings which we recently concluded, I do not think that these hearings on procurement should take any great amount of time.

However, we are going to look into each authorization most carefully.

We all know the kinds of material and weapons which the military services are procuring or intend to procure. The only thing we have to do now is to see exactly how many of each of these items the departments want to acquire and how much they will cost. We may agree with them or we may disagree with respect to particular items and certain phases of the bill.

Now, we will hear the Secretary of Defense this morning. And I am glad to say that I had the opportunity of reading this statement; I carefully read it last night, and I recommend the closest attention be paid to the Secretary's statement, which contains a wealth of information, and is clear, simple, and direct. I hope there will be full attendance in all these procurement hearings, since we must all remember that we have to write a bill at the conclusion of the hearing, get a rule on it, and then take it before the House.

It is the largest authorization bill every submitted to the Congress. And it places a very great responsibility upon all members of the committee. We must pay close attention and do a good job. (The bill is as follows:)

(H.R. 6151, 87th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To authorize appropriations for aircraft, missiles, and naval vessels for the Armed

Forces, and for other purposes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That funds are hereby authorized to be ap

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