An attorney for former air force commander Basilio Lami Dozo, reflecting interservice rivalry, has blamed the army for Argentina's defeat in the Falkland Islands war.

Attorney Jose Scelzi told the federal appeals court Monday that the "air force was not beaten" and refuted charges that Lami Dozo failed to back up Argentina's efforts to hold the South Atlantic archipelago.Scelzi said the air force commander fought the best he could with available resources.