THE ATOM: The Long-Run Carrier

Four years ago, the U.S. Navy began toying with a design for an aircraft carrier of unprecedented range, to be powered by an atomic engine. Last week the Atomic Energy Commission gave the plan a bright green light, contracted with Westinghouse Electric to build an atomic reactor "suitable for propulsion of large naval vessels, such as aircraft carriers."

The contract signified White House and Pentagon approval of the Navy's three-year campaign to get started on the revolutionary carrier, a campaign bound up in the argument between Navy and Air Force over the...

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