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He argued that the deplorable condition of aerospace power was largely the result of allowing Air Force doctrine to stagnate . Instead of a dynamic program to update doctrine, there was drift from the whim of one leader to another . He portrayed the Army as having risen brilliantly to a major position in national strategic thinking after a decade of suffering under the Air Force-led doctrine of massive retaliation . In contrast, he viewed the Air Force as a victim of "hardening of the categories" and as a candidate for further erosion .

Capitalizing on its World War II experience, the Army gradually developed both practices and doctrine for psychological warfare and special operations, including the development of ranger units . " It enjoyed some credibility because it accepted the possibility of nuclear warfare . Gen Maxwell D . Taylor, who pioneered this strategic approach, suggested that a nuclear war was actually winnable on a battlefield, thus justifying the maintenance of substantial ground forces . Meanwhile, the Navy pursued alternative weapon systems-notably the missile-armed submarine .

Smith accused the Air Force of backwardness and lack of imagination . He argued that the deplorable condition of aerospace power was largely the result of allowing Air Force doctrine to stagnate . Instead of a dynamic program to update doctrine, there was drift from the whim of one leader to another . He portrayed the Army as having risen brilliantly to a major position in national strategic thinking after a decade of suffering under the Air Force-led doctrine of massive retaliation . In contrast, he viewed the Air Force as a victim of "hardening of the categories" and as a candidate for further erosion .

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