DEFENSE: Command Decisions

Into the No. 2 job in the nation's No. 1, public business stepped an alumnus of the solidly schooled fraternity of bankers and lawyers that produced such topflight governmental figures as Dulles, McCloy and Dillon, Forrestal and Lovett. To succeed the late Donald Quarles as Deputy Secretary of Defense, President Eisenhower last week named Navy Secretary Thomas Sovereign Gates Jr., 53, longtime Philadelphia investment banker (see box). In a rare (at least this year) burst of nonpartisan confidence, the Senate Armed Services Committee waived its usual lengthy questioning, unanimously approved him. Gates, said Democratic Chairman Richard Russell, was "admirably...

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