THE CONGRESS: Pentagon Refitted: Act II

"All right, Gen'l," drawled Georgia Democrat Carl Vinson, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. "Come on." Replied Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Nathan F. Twining, trailing Vinson into the Congressman's private office: "Yes, sir." Twenty minutes later, Carl Vinson emerged, hat on head and cane in hand, and tossed a final instruction over his shoulder. "Fix it up," said he, "so I can read it tomorrow." With that, he went home, leaving Nate Twining to work on a revised version of the Eisenhower Administration's plan for reorganizing the Defense Department.

To all outward appearances, Armed Services Chairman Carl Vinson...

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