National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier 2569697 / Local Identifier 111-TV-433 Big Picture: The Common Defense Here is a pictorial report on the meaning of the term "the common defense" which has changed a great deal since the time our founding father immortalized that phrase in the Constitution of the United States. In those days, the Army was the bulwark of the young nation's defense. But in the years and the wars that followed, the mighty Sister Services of the Navy and the Air Force came into being and developed equal stature. Today, the three services operate under a unified command, working together as the Armed Forces of the United States. Together, they share new weapons brought forth by the era of missiles and nuclear arms and contribute their resources to the military exploration of the new world of outer space. The Armed Forces form a mighty, flexible shield which by its very existence deters the sinister designs of the forces of aggression. THE BIG PICTURE pays tribute to the Army, Navy, and Air Force who form a valiant team that continues to discharge with glory its great and proud responsibilities -- the common defense of the United States.
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