ARMED FORCES: The Pentagon Jungle (Cont'd)

When former Defense Secretary Robert Lovett had his say about the ammunition shortage, he leveled an accusing finger at U.S. Army Ordnance and the red-tape jungle in the Pentagon (TIME, April 20). Last week, from the depths of the jungle, Army spokesmen pointed right back. Their fingers were aimed at the Defense Secretary's chair, and the Truman-appointed civilians (including Lovett) who sat in it from the beginning of the Korean war.

The ranking pointer was Lieut. General George H. Decker, the Army's comptroller. On Sept. 27, 1950, said Decker, George Catlett Marshall (who had been Secretary of Defense for just six...

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