U.S. At War: Blueprint for Efficiency

Illinois's able, forward-looking Representative Everett McKinley Dirksen came up last week with a clear-cut, logical remedy for the time wasted by Army, Navy and Administration bigwigs in giving duplicate testimony before Senate and House committees. His proposal: establish a joint committee on military and naval affairs and appropriations.

Everyone in Washington knew how General George C. Marshall had spent almost a whole day giving testimony on the bill to draft 18-and 19-year-olds; how Admiral Ernest J. King had cooled his heels for 40 minutes in an empty committee room while a Senate committee dawdled at lunch. A Washington gag had it that...

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