By Donald J. Mrozek
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At the same time, McNamara and his team thought it verified their own view that graduated response and measured force led to negotiation . Thus the crisis and its conclusion did little to close the gap between the Air Force and the White House . Strategic forces remained the dominant concern of the Air Force and its top leaders . In remarks to Congress after the crisis had subsided, General LeMay reiterated : "If you have the power to stop a big war, certainly the same power ought to be capable of stopping a small war.
Haynes, The Awesome Power, Harry S. Truman as Commander-in-Chief (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1973) . 29 . Lt Gen E. R. , "Tactical Air Power," Air University Quarterly Review 1, no . 4 (Spring 1948) : 44-45. 30 . Dulles is quoted in Futrell, Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine, 13 ; Wilson is quoted in Donald J. Mrozek, "A New Look at `Balanced Forces' : Defense Continues from Truman to Eisenhower," Military Affairs 38, no . 4 (December 1974) : 145-51 . 31 . Gen William W. , 1978), 6, 248-49 .
Debates over strategy now inevitably became battles over shares of the military budget and the relative importance of each service in overall defense . Army and Navy planners made concerted efforts to get a share of nuclear weapons, since they might dominate future wars . And the Truman administration made budgetary concessions to them to ensure enactment of the so-called unification legislation; but it nonetheless favored a strategic nuclear deterrent comprised primarily of a longrange bomber force .
Air Power and the Ground War in Vietnam : Ideas and Actions by Donald J. Mrozek