National Affairs: Maginot Line of the Air

In more than 150 U.S. newspapers last week, Columnists Joseph and Stewart Alsop offered their readers an intimate portrait of Dwight Eisenhower unable to sleep at night as he wrestled with a problem which might end in "the physical and final destruction of this republic." Ike's sleeplessness, according to the Alsops, was caused by worry as to whether his Administration should adopt the recommendations of Project Lincoln, a study of U.S. air defenses carried out at Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the request of the armed services.

Though the Project Lincoln report was classified "secret," the Alsops devoted a series of three...

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