The strategic debate that developed in the US during the mid-1950s was impressive both for its vigour and, viewed in retrospect, its underlying consensus. The debate found the Administration, with qualified support from the Air Force, ranged against almost every other interested party. The immediate stake was the size and composition of the defence budget. The Army and the Navy sought to check the rise in the proportion of the budget devoted to strategic air power. There have been few greater stimuli to creative thought than competition over the allocations of resources to the armed services.