Army & Navy - MERGER: Navy Compromise

The Navy believed that it was fighting for its life. The President was all ready to recommend unification of command. Congressmen had grown bored with the arguments. When earnest Assistant Secretary of the Navy H. Struve Hensel appeared before the Senate Military Affairs Committee last week, only two committeemen were on hand. One of them explained without apology: "We heard Mr. Hensel for two hours before."

In this crisis, while Navy Secretary Forrestal and Chief of Naval Operations Chester Nimitz prayed to the great Mahan, prophet of the doctrine of sea power, Navymen clutched at straws. To the microphone they...