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July 12, 1973 - Image 5

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Thursday, July 12, 1973


Page Five

Defense chief warns against
troop withdrawals in Europe

WASHINGTON (M) - Secretary
of Defense James Schlesinger
said yesterday that a cutback of
,50,000 to 150,000 U.S. troops in
Europe would risk forcing "an
early recourse to the use of
nuclear weapons" in an attack.
"Such a reduction would de-
stroy the hopes we have for a
stalwart defense," he told the
House Foreign Affairs Commit-
House act
by Fleming
President Robben Fleming yes-
terday commended the House
Appropriations Committee for its
decision to restore $1.4 million to
the Higher Education Bill cur-
rently being debated in Lansing.
The House move comes only
a week after the Senate decided
to slash the funds - earmarked
for salaries here at the Univer-
action Fleming said, "We be-
lieve this constitutes recognition
of our contention that the salary
account was underfunded. As-
suming the bill passes the House
in its present form, we are hope-
ful that the Conference Commit-
tee will sustain the money which
is so urgently needed will be
The committee's decision to re-
store the money brings to $4.5
million the funds allocated for
salary increases. The new figure
is still $200,000, less 'than Gov-
ernor Milliken originally recom-
The entire education funding
bill must still be passed by the
House, sent back into a House-
Senate conference committee to
iron out 'differences and finally
must be approved by both Hous-
the news for a second time yes-
terday as his appointment to the
project board of the Academic
Collective Bargaining Informa-
tion Service was announced.
The body will collect informa-
tion from around the country on
the question of academic collec-
tive bargaining.
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"NO ONE wants war," Schles-
inger said. "If we take appro-
priate steps, we need not expect
a war. But war is less likely if
we have both nuclear and non-
nuclear deterrents."
Schlesinger specified that he
was talking about reduction fig-
ures being used by some con-
gressmen of 50,000 to 150,000.
He agreed that a small troop
reduction would not force reli-
ance on nuclear weapons in the
early stages of an attack against
Western Europe. But he said Con-
gress should make no one-sided
U.S. reduction, with U.S.-Soviet
talks on mutual troop reduction
starting next Oct. 30.
HE SAID a one-sided U.S. re-
duction would take away any
Soviet incentive to reduce i t s
forces and also damage the U.S.
effort to get West European al-
lies to take over a greater sha c
of their own defense.
Asked what he would consid-
er a moderate reduction of what
he said are 307,000 U.S. troots in

Europe now, Schlesinger ret'ied,
'No more than five per zent."
But the secretary told news-
men later he was giving only a
theoretical figure to a theoreti-
cal question and repeated that tie
believed Congress should mske
no cuts in view of the upcoming
U.S.-Soviet talks.
ADM. THOMAS M. Moorer,.
chairman of the, Joint Chiefs of
Staff, and Gen. Andrew Good-
paster, supreme allied command-
er of the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization, both characterized
the U.S. force in Europe as pre-
venting World War III for 28
Goodpaster said the Soviets
"have shown they have the cap-
ability of pursuing detente and
defense at the same time."
He said many groups in both
the United States and Europe are
pressing for reduced military
forces because of the apparent
dente, which he said is a para-
dox that could hurt the Western

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