ARMED FORCES: Command Swings

Fed up with red tape and interservice tensions in his joint command, four-star Air Force General Earle E. (for Everard) Partridge drew up plans months ago for reorganizing NORAD, the U.S.-Canadian North American Air Defense Command. His principal complaint: he did not have enough authority over assignment of NORAD's Army, Navy and Air Force officers and materiel (TIME, May 19, 1958). But nothing much ever happened about West Pointer Partridge's proposals. Fortnight ago, the Pentagon announced that able "Pat" Partridge, 58, was retiring from the Air Force, effective July 31, after 41 years of service.

To replace him at NORAD's...

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