Nation: Nest Builders& Bird Hatchers

For years, a sure way to make any flag officer blanch in dismay has been to suggest that Vice Admiral Hyman Rickover, father of the nuclear submarine, might become Chief of Naval Operations. He never will. But in idol-smashing testimony released last week by a House subcommittee on defense appropriations, he demonstrated what a lively tour of duty he would have:

ON NAVY OFFICERS. "I believe we have about 70,000 officers in the Navy. One of the most salutary things that could be done to improve naval efficiency would be to reduce this number by 20,000. Most officers become administrators, so you...

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