National Affairs: Shell-Pocked

The long-range verbal combat between the President and the House Armed Services Committee over the Administration's defense reorganization plan rattled into a third, shell-pocked week. Into the legislative no man's land this time came the starred, earnest members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, each subordinate to the Commander in Chief, each a stout defender of his own military service, each urged to unburden himself to Georgia's cagey Democrat Carl Vinson and his 37-man battle group.

General Nathan Farragut Twining, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, sounded the battle cry right off, put himself down 100% for the new plan. "I think," said...

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