ARMED FORCES: Stepchild's Dilemma

A key command of the U.S. Air Force last week began flying through its biggest peacetime maneuver to show that in wartime its men could perform well—even if its old machines might not. The command: the Military Air Transport Service, whose primary military assignment is to move soldiers and supplies to distant battlefields and trouble spots. Because MATS does not fire missiles or drop bombs, and because its main chore is to move and service ground forces, it has become a sort of stepchild, limps along on a small fraction of the...

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