ARMY & NAVY: Peace on the Potomac


After 14 months of haggling and backbiting, the U.S. had a plan to weld its armed forces together. It was okayed by the Army & Navy and by President Truman. Now it would go to Congress, which must write the enabling law.

As it stood now, the plan called for two major changes. Above the whole military establishment, it set up the single post of Secretary of National Defense. He would have Cabinet rank—but not his assistants, the Secretaries of the Army, Navy —and Air Force. For, peace to the restless shade of farsighted Billy Mitchell, there was at...

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