ARMED FORCES: Sunday Punch?

This week, 32,000 U.S. troops will begin dropping in parachutes or landing in troop-carrier planes on the green hills around Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall, N.C. Jet fighters will whisk overhead, giving them air cover. Cargo planes will fly in with all their supplies, for "Operation Swarmer" is designed to prove that a combat area, e.g., an island base for strategic bombers, can be taken and held by airborne troops entirely supplied by air.

Operation Swarmer will also demonstrate something more important: the nation's unpreparedness. The simulated attack on a peaceful section of North Carolina will involve just about all...

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