Army & Navy - MERGER: One-Yard Line

The Navy's position in the merger battle finally became clear last week: merger per se is a secondary matter; primarily, what the Navy is fighting against is an independent air force.

Navy Secretary Forrestal has indicated that one way or another a compromise could be reached on unification of command. But on creation of an air department coequal with War and Navy—"I am not yet prepared to agree." Why not? Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz bluntly answered that question: the Navy "either gradually or at once [would] become a secondary service."

In spite...