Space: Aerospace Force?

The U.S. Air Force has been trying the name "U.S. Aerospace Force" on its tongue ever since the Eisenhower Administration assigned it prime responsibility for "space transportation." Last week the name sounded better than ever when Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, over the strangled cries of other services, flatly assigned "space development programs and projects to the Department of the Air Force except under unusual circumstances."

No existing programs were changed. The Army will continue with its Advent communications satellite; the Navy will stick with its Transit navigation satellite. And each service, in...

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