DEFENSE WEEK: Critical Situation

In the grey-paneled calm of the office of the U. S. Army's Chief of Staff, the confusion of war, the hurly-burly of U. S. rearmament seemed far away. Beyond the Venetian blinds the rain fell, streaking the stuccoed walls of the War Department's shoddy Munitions Building, glazing the black asphalt of Washington's Constitution Avenue. Seated before old Phil Sheridan's ornately carved desk, spare, grey General George Catlett Marshall, in summer mufti, talked to 25 newsmen at his weekly press conference.

Across Sheridan's desk last week had flowed plenty of evidence of the slowness of U. S. rearmament—Congressional delay on the...

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