National Affairs: Non S.O.P. Maneuver

In Washington's beehives of bureaucracy, it is Standing Operating Procedure for a department to spend its full annual appropriation, lest its budget be cut in the years to come. Last week the Marine Corps' commandant, General Lemuel Shepherd, told the House Armed Services Committee of the most non-S.O.P. mili tary maneuver yet. By eliminating purchases of unneeded equipment, the corps has. managed to refund $57 million to the Treasury during fiscal 1953.

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