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A 1955 article surveyed American air defense preparedness, describing a complex operation — headquartered at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland — of 12 divisions across the United States. This photo, which was never published, shows the the interior of the Eastern Seaboard Early Alert Warning System on Long Island. May 27, 1955. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times
A 1955 article surveyed American air defense preparedness, describing a complex operation — headquartered at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland — of 12 divisions across the United States. This photo, which was never published, shows the the interior of the Eastern Seaboard Early Alert Warning System on Long Island. May 27, 1955. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

A 1955 article surveyed American air defense preparedness, describing a complex operation — headquartered at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland — of 12 divisions across the United States. This photo, which was never published, shows the the interior of the Eastern Seaboard Early Alert Warning System on Long Island. May 27, 1955. Photo: George Tames/The New York Times

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