ARMY & NAVY: The Admiral Stands Fast

ARMY & NAVY

Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, who recently (and somewhat defensively) reaffirmed his faith in the battleship (TIME, April 9), last week had some good words to say for air power: "Without our highly developed and closely integrated air arm, we would, in all probability, still be operating in Allied territory today."

But austere, brassbound Ernie King still did not concede that air power was more important than the Navy's seniority list. In the U.S. Navy, ranking air experts (i.e., admirals who have given their full careers to air power) still hold only second-layer jobs, and Admiral King has shown...

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