DEFENSE: No Retreat

Defense Secretary Neil McElroy took his seat in the target chair before the House Armed Services Committee. Studying him with trained marksmen's eyes sat the 37-man committee, headed by Georgia's Democrat Carl Vinson. Congress' No. 1 anti-reorganization man. Purpose of the hearing: to fire a few range and windage rounds at McElroy and the Administration's defense reorganization plan.

For four days McElroy, accompanied by General Nathan Twining, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answered charges and innuendoes—based on the contention of Carl Vinson, true boss of his committee—that the plan would eventually lead to 1) elimination of the three...

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