STRATEGY: Fast Work

The defense ministers and chiefs of staff of the twelve Atlantic pact nations met in Paris last week to put final touches and a stamp of approval on "strategic concepts for the integrated defense of the North Atlantic area." This was necessary to get the first $1 billion of U.S. military aid rolling; in approving the military assistance program for the U.S.'s allies, Congress had stipulated that Western Europe's defense must be certified feasible by the military chiefs before any funds could be expended.

The military men in Paris had two quick preliminary meetings. While some of his aides went...

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