Army & Navy - COMMAND: Merger Now?

Among Army and Navy officers the hottest question of the 'week was not the atomic bomb but the merger of the armed services. It was so hot, in fact, that burly Admiral Jonas Ingram, commander of the Atlantic Fleet, angrily declared that the proposed single department was "too much in line with Hitler." The U.S. Army, favoring the merger, still had the offensive. The slower-moving, more conservative Navy, although it had had ample warning of the Army's intentions, had to fall back on denunciation while it looked around for more effective weapons.

There was a case to be made against merger....

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