ARMED FORCES: Slow Progress

One day in July 1947, just before taking off to see his dying mother in Independence, President Truman signed an important piece of legislation at Washington's National Airport. It was the National Security Act which had just been passed by Congress and which was designed to bring order and teamwork to the squabbling military establishment.

To the President and to the U.S. people, enactment of the law was a relief. Despite the triumphs of World War II, the U.S. had never quite recovered from its indignation over the disastrous lack of military...

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