Defense: Defects in Communications

In an era when nuclear missiles stand poised less than 30 minutes from their targets, the ability of civilian and military leaders to communicate and command is crucial. Last week a House subcommittee charged that inefficiency in these vital areas sometimes renders U.S. forces impotent during sudden emergencies.

Chaired by New York Democrat Otis Pike, the subcommittee has been investigating the capture of U.S.S. Pueblo and the loss of an EC-121 reconnaissance plane, which was shot down by the North Koreans last April with the loss of 31 men. The committee concluded: "The inquiry reveals the existence of a vast...

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