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The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 811978-Page 9B
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RAMSTEIN, West Germany (AP)-
The supreme Allied commander in
Europe said Wednesday a long-term
reduction in the U.S. shipbuilding
program would pose"unacceptable
risk" for NATO. in view of growing
Soviet naval capabilities.
General Alexander Haig Jr. said the
United States still retains clear naval
superiority, but he is "increasingly
concerned" that American naval
resources are being "stretched thinner
with the growth of Warsaw Pact naval
THIS MEANS that, in the early
period of a European conflict involving
NATO, U.S. naval power would "have
to be diverted from the delivery of the
vital supplies that we need" toward op-
posing Soviet offensive naval capability
in surface vessels, naval aviation and
missiles, he said.
"If the moderation of the American
shipbuilding program. ., . represents a
long-term reduction in the maintenance
of our naval capability, then I think it
involves unacceptable risk," he said.
U.S. critics of the Carter ad-
ministration claim it is downgrading
the role of the Navy by reducing capital
ship construction.
HAIG, ALSO commander-in-chief of
U.S. forces in Europe, spoke at a news
conference after reviewing Allied
troops at a parade to mark the airlifting
of 13,000 U.S. soldiers to West Germany

naval reductions

for the annual "Autumn Forge" Allied
maneuvers in Europe.
The annual Reforger-Return of For-
ces to Germany-airlift was first im-
plemented in 1968 when Washington
restationed some of its Germany-based
troops to the United States at the height
of the Vietnam War.
Two squadrons of 48 F4 Phantom
fighters flown to West Germany under
a simultaneous U.S. Air Force exercise
named Crested Cap will take part in
some of the more than 30 Autumn Forge

maneuvers until mid-October in
European NATO member countries.
exercises aim to demonstrate the
United States can swiftly reinforce
some 200,000 U.S. troops based year-
round in West Germany to meet a War-
saw Pact threat.
Improved planning also "has doubled
the number of American brigades that
will arrive here in the first 30 days," he



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Housing crisis

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Eighteen
families fled their collapsing apar-
tment building in the middle of the
night three years ago and took shelter
in a centuries-old mosque in Cairo's
teeming center city.
Today, with little hope of findingnew
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Ahmed, 35, a primary school teacher
who lives with his wife and three
children in one of 32 closet-sized rooms
on the roof of a five-story apartment
"I would like better for my children,"
he said. "But I don't have much hope."
Many of the rooftop dwellers earn
below the $260 average annual wage
and can afford to live nowhere else.

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