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to 431 for for and Sea two Bi U.S. a Tuy McNamara lists budget deferrals WASHINGTON (UPI) —Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara today made public a list of $460 million in military construction projects being postponed to save funds for the Viet Nam buildup. An additional S160 million in military housing construction also is being postponed to bring the total deferral of projects to S620 million. However. McNamara did not list the 8,500 family housing units involved because they previously were identified. More than 500 projects are being postponed in 42 states and the District of Columbia. McNamara said the S868 million in high priority military construction in 36 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 overseas locations would be continued. The Army was hit hardest in the cutback. A total of S203.3 million in Army construction projects were discontinued in addition to the family housing units. The Air Force lost S132.1 million and the Navy S128.J million in projects. McNamara said "all projects that are essential immediately for combat support or are urgently required for safety, health or other compelling reasons will proceed as scheduled." The cuts will knock military construction spending almost in half. Included among the deferred items was a military housing program which would have provided 8,500 dwelling units, new barracks, building additions and modernization projects. From 85 to 90 per cent of the deferred construction is in the United States. None affects weapons. McNamara's cuts were in construction projects for which funds have already been appropriated in the 1966 fiscal budget, running until July 1. The defense chief told a news conference Monday his move was "symptomatic of our approach" to the fiscal 1967 budget, which will be submitted to Congress shortly after the first of the year. Sources have estimated that the Defense Department's spending requests would be close to $60 billion next year. This would be a peacetime high. McNamara announced the construction cuts as part of an over-all drive to eliminate every possible expense to aid the war effort. Toward the same end he plans to try again to get Congress to approve his plan to merge the Army Reserve with the National Guard. Here is the list of the other projects in Southern California to be postponed, with Army, Navy and Air Force projects listed separately. Army projects: Fort Irwin — Tactical equip, shop and fac, $574,000; commissary store, $250,000; community center, $668,000; POL facility, $96,000 ; 25 PT rifle range, $110,000. Navy projects: Camp Pendleton — Battalion admin, bldgs., $599,000; battalion recreation bldg., $215,000.