THE NATION: One Machine, One Purpose

While the Pentagon took to the headlines last week to air the latest and most basic power struggle among the armed forces, two leading U.S. airmen made headlines in their own right. One was General Curtis Emerson LeMay, the Air Force's Strategic Air Commander. The other was General Earle Partridge, the Air Force's Continental Air Defense Commander.

Said plain-talking Curt LeMay in testimony released by the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee, chaired by Missouri's Stuart Symington: if war came today "we would do very well" and "would probably win." But by 1959 the Russians will have twice as many long-range bombers...

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