Nation: Sacking SAC's Boss

Strategic Air Commander Thomas S. Power was chatting with the Omaha World-Herald's military reporter, Howard Silber. Power praised the reconnaissance capability of his B-58s ("they can go anywhere and do anything"), touted SAC's present strength, but insisted that a new manned bomber is still needed. Asked about rumors that he might soon quit, Power replied matter-of-factly: "I'm not quitting. They are asking me to leave."

General Power is, in fact, being eased out by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, and will be replaced in November. Technically, Power's retirement will be required at that time because he will have completed 35 years of service....

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