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A discussion of some misconceptions concerning the link between U.S. commercial aviation and the nation's military security and about the contribution of aviation supremacy to our national prestige. The author considers what will be demanded of aviation in the 1960s if it is to become a vital, constructive element in our international relations. Three U.S. foreign policy aims are presented, with the challenges they pose for civil aviation. These policy aims are (1) to promote a high and sustained rate of overall growth in the United States and throughout the advanced industrialized world, (2) to strengthen the cohesion and solidarity of the Western Alliance, and (3) to create a new community of interest with the less-developed countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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