National Affairs: Tough Talk

If summary action could squelch the family squabbles of the armed services, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson was off to a booming start. The day after he officially took over from James Forrestal, he called in the press to proclaim his plans for an enforced peace, "right now, in one bite, as far as the law will permit."

Johnson rattled off a whole list of projects designed to get unification of the services in form, if not in fact. In a matter of months, he announced, he hoped to have the top brass of the three services and 12,000 underlings relocated in new,...

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