DEFENSE: The Air Force We Need

"There are no experts on the Soviet Union," said Air Force Chief of Staff Nathan F. Twining one day last week, "just people with varying degrees of ignorance." For a man just back from a carefully shepherded, eight-day inspection of Soviet aviation, it was a prudent remark. But as a press conference quickly established, Twining's visit to Moscow had led him to some firm conclusions about Russia. The most important: the U.S. is out in front of Soviet airpower and should be able to stay there.

Talking to newsmen at Gettysburg, where he went to report to President Eisenhower, Twining...

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