Defense: Delayed Salvos

Air Force General Thomas S. Power, for seven years head of the U.S. Strategic Air Command, has always been boldly outspoken on airpower and its advantages, and on other hotly debated questions of strategy. In 1959 he wrote a controversial book summing up his views on U.S. military policy in the nuclear age, but then-Secretary of Defense Neil McElroy ordered Power to lock it up on the ground that publication would be improper while Power was still on active duty. The manuscript stayed locked up under President Kennedy.

Now retired, Power, 59, has dusted off his book and published it....

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