DEFENSE: The Best Appointment

In the underground command post at Strategic Air Command headquarters in Omaha last week, a team of 300 Air Force, Navy, Army and Marine Corps officers worked away in rare interservice harmony —putting together a book. The officers were the members of the Defense Department's new Strategic Target Planning Group, and their book was a bulky, top-secret volume containing data on all important Soviet targets and detailed plans for hitting them in case of all-out nuclear war.

The planning group was rushing to meet a deadline this week set by Defense Secretary Thomas S. Gates, who created the board last...

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