ARMED FORCES: Experiment for Survival

The Army's tough Major General James ("Jumpin' Jim") Gavin, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, knows that bulky concentrations of soldiers, supplies and vehicles are sitting ducks for atomic and hydrogen weapons. To solve the problem, Parachutist Gavin (four combat jumps in World War II) has had his Pentagon staff working hard on plans for a new, more mobile army for the thermonuclear age. Items: small, self-contained outfits (instead of massive divisions), scattered supply stores (instead of huge, centralized depots), lighter weapons, more helicopters and convertiplanes. Last week Gavin said that the new theories will be tried out on...

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