National Affairs: The Sidelong Look

When General Matthew B. Ridgway, the Army's Chief of Staff, sat down before the Senate Military Appropriations Subcommittee one day last week, South Carolina's Democratic Senator Burnet R. Maybank was ready with a question: Was Ridgway "satisfied" with the new defense budget, which increased funds for the Air Force, reduced expenditures for the Army? Paratrooper Ridgway hedged, hesitated and then gave his answer: "When a career military officer receives from proper authority a decision ... he accepts that decision as a sound one, and he does his utmost within his available means to...

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