National Affairs: The Attack Opens

A determined task force of the U.S. Navy last week declared open war on the rest of the nation's military establishment, end specifically on the new boss of the armed services, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson. Beaten and routed in the guerrilla struggle to maintain the Navy's old premerger independence, a group of officers scuttled the last semblance of service unity and prepared for unconditional political war. The chosen battlefield: the floor of Congress. The first salvo was fired by Pennsylvania's Republican Congressman James E. Van Zandt, a naval reserve captain, a veteran of...

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