The Navy's postwar battle with the Air Force ended abruptly last week, with the airmen slow-rolling overhead in triumphant victory. Less than a week after the centerplates had been dropped into the keel of the 65,000-ton supercarrier United States, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson issued a curt order "discontinuing construction of the vessel . . . at the least possible cost to the Government."" The decision meant only one thing: from now on the Air Force will take care of long-range strategic bombing; the Navy will be. held to the job of keeping the...

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