ARMED FORCES: Inexcusable Risk

When the Senate's Preparedness subcommittee began public hearings last week on the state of the nation's air defenses, Chairman Lyndon Johnson of Texas was ready to hear the worst. Results of the subcommittee's preliminary studies, he said, had been "deeply disturbing." The testimony of the week's two main witnesses did little to disperse the gloom.

Witness No. 1 was General Carl ("Tooey") Spaatz, wartime boss of the bombing of Germany and first Chief of Staff of the separate Air Force. He began by reviewing the nation's reckless dismemberment of the world's greatest...

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