CBS decided to lead with military matters. In an interview that President George Bush granted to The Washington Post, he conceded that the USArmy and the Marine Corps were too small for the tasks he had assigned them as Commander in Chief. A larger ground force "is a total reversal of the Pentagon's former policy" under Donald Rumsfeld, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski pointed out.
Making them bigger, however, will be a slow and expensive proposition, CBS' David Martin warned: the army can only expand at the rate of 7,000 soldiers annually, at a cost of $840m. He predicted more generous "financial incentives for signing up" to lure in new recruits.
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