DEFENSE: Toward Unification

Separate ground, sea and air warfare is gone forever. If ever again we should be involved in war, we will fight it in all elements, with all services, as one single, concentrated effort.

So saying, President Eisenhower last week sent Congress a hardheaded, sense-making set of recommendations for Defense Department reorganization that, if fought through to fulfillment, may be ranked among the major accomplishments of his Administration. The chief point: in cold war, and under threat of instant hot war, the U.S. military organization must be designed for instant action.

To give the U.S. the power of action, the President proposed...

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