CORPORATIONS: Brains for Sale

For the U.S. Air Force, which can operate out of some 250 worldwide bases, one of the biggest problems is how best to deploy its forces in an emergency. Sudden situations—such as last week's Congo airlift, in which U.S. planes played a significant role—call for quick responses. Last week the Air Force took a step toward more effective emergency responses to even bigger crises. It announced a $40 million contract for an automatic global communications-computer system that will keep constant tab on its men, missiles and planes, tell how best to use them.

The system's manager will be an old...

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