National Affairs: TOWARD A U.S. GENERAL STAFF?

New Weapons & Technology Prompt a New Look

THE launching of the Russian Sputniks riddled many a cherished U.S. concept, including what was left of a tidy but fallacious military notion: that the Army commands the ground, the Navy rules the waves, and the Air Force controls the air. The post-Sputnik clamor for "leadership" can have few positive results unless the U.S. moves toward some system of military organization that makes effective leadership possible. The pressures of missile technology and loose handling of missile problems by the Pentagon have given new currency to an old idea, most recently and vigorously expressed by...

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