National Affairs: Long Way to Go

Massachusetts' Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., who served as an armored force major in Libya in 1942 and knows how it feels to fight without air superiority, stepped into a Senate hearing room last week and fired off another broadside

(TIME, May 7) in the battle for a bigger Air Force. What Lodge wants is a combat-ready Air Force of 150 groups.

For two hours, behind closed doors, Lodge spelled out his plan. Under the present program for a 95-group Air Force, he said, the U.S. will be able to muster only one-third of the tactical aviation it would need to repel an...

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