The New Policy

Congressional tempers have simmered and boiled at reports that Army & Navy commanders overseas were destroying surplus property to get it off their hands. Last week, along with pictures of trucks and other material dumped in the Pacific Ocean, a House Committee finally got the services to admit that it might be so.

The Navy's matériel chief, Rear Admiral C. H. Cotter, granted that such things had happened. Under Secretary of War Kenneth C. Royall said isolated cases of wanton destruction were "unavoidable." The services made no secret, however, of their feeling that surplus property was a growing nuisance. Said...

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