ARMY: Out of the Hole

The War Department last December confessed to some sad bungles in Army construction (TIME, Dec. 23). A further confession was added last week, but also a showing that Army performance had improved since the Corps of Engineers' able Brigadier General Brehon B. Somervell moved in on the Quartermaster Corps.

General Somervell had admitted to a House committee that the Army had underguessed the cost of its new cantonments, airfields, etc., by at least $339,000,000. Revised cost: $984,300,000. Some of the reasons for this bad guessing did the Army no credit. By the...

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