ARMED FORCES: Exit Fighter

Of all the witnesses who testified before the Senate Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee on the state of the U.S. defenses, lean, beribboned Lieut. General James Gavin, 50, boss of the Army's Research and Development section, spoke up with the most telling criticisms and the most imaginative recommendations. Paratrooper Gavin declared that the Army could have put up its own Sputnik before the Russians (but was dealt out of the race), complained of what he felt was the continuing downgrading of the Army's mission in modern war, urged that the U.S. head straight past...

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