ARMY & NAVY: Merger Can Wait

The long-awaited merger bill was finally completed by a Senate Military Affairs subcommittee. But it advanced the prospects of merger not one whit.

The bill was an impossible hodgepodge of contradictions and compromises. To please the Army, it started with the basic Army plan (TIME, Nov. 26). In deference to the President's suggestion, it added three more secretaries, one for each service. To soften the blow for the Navy, it piled on top of everything else the Eberstadt blueprint for a top coordinating council (TIME, Dec. 10).

The Army and the Air Forces...

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