National Affairs: Aerial Coast Defense

President Hoover last week had back on his hands one of the oldest and thorniest disputes between the Army and Navy. The question: where, in coast defense, does naval aviation stop and military aviation begin? It was the kind of controversy that President Hoover, as commander-in-chief of both services, could not refer to an expert commission for settlement because all the experts— officers of the Army and Navy—were already professionally prejudiced.

Money and service jealousy were at the root of the dispute. The Army, charging encroachment on...

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