Army & Navy - COMMAND: War between the Services

The U.S. Army & Navy backed away from the war and squared off to fight each other. The new weapons were words, the battlefield the committee rooms and the lobbies of Congress. The issue: whether the two service departments should be merged into a single Department of Military Security.

The first shot for the Army, which is strong for the merger, was fired across the long, mahogany table in the Senate caucus room by sobersided Robert Patterson, Secretary of War. Like the first shot in a bombardment, it was to fix the range....

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