National Affairs: THE AFUS: HOW A SINGLE SERVICE WORKS

THE National Security Act of 1947 took away the autonomy of the Army and Navy, created a separate Air Force and put all three under the wing of a newly created Department of Defense. The most workable plan for a single-service Armed Forces of the U.S. would strip away the three service Secretaries, place U.S. military policy completely in the hands of the civilian Secretary of National Defense. He would be aided by an Under Secretary and by Assistant Secretaries for procurement, personnel, research, public affairs, etc., much as is the Secretary of Defense today.

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