DEFENSE: NORAD's Classic Example

OUR MISSION IS TO DEFEND THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, ALASKA AND THE NORTHEAST AREA FROM AN ATTACK: NOT TO DEFEND THE ROLES OF THE RESPECTIVE SERVICES!

So read the printed signs on the desks of high-ranking Army, Navy and Air Force officers at the Colorado Springs headquarters of the North American Air Defense Command, the combined-services organization set up last fall to run the continent's $18 billion air-defense system. Hailed in its early months as a model of interservice cooperation, by last week NORAD was proving itself something quite different: a classic example of the sort of interservice rivalry that...

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