NATO: Winging Toward Change

De Gaulle's tampering with the European balance of power was producing results even before he took off for Moscow. Last week U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara announced that eight squadrons of American aircraft—ranging from troop-toting transports to camera-carrying reconnaissance planes —would be withdrawn from French bases and restationed at High Wycombe in England and at undisclosed bases on the Continent. The move will displace 7,500 U.S. Air Force personnel and 15,000 dependents. It could cost the U.S. $500 million.

Over the next few years it will cost France at least that much in greenbacks not spent by U.S. servicemen. But...

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