Nation: The Army Takes to the Air

The angry Air Force general had a few words for the Army: "They're after our mission—and they're just using this air-mobility line to get it.''

He had in mind an extensive test at Fort Benning, Ga., that has touched off one of the most bitter interservice squabbles in months. In it. the Army's newly created 11th Airborne Assault Division, and eventually some 15.000 men. will check the feasibility of a plan initiated by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara to increase the mobility and striking power of ground troops—mainly by getting them off the ground.

Under the plan, the Army division will have aircraft designed...

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