In the ancient, polite, intermittent, usually private war between the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy, the way was cleared last week for another skirmish.
At hearings before the House Select Committee on Postwar Military Policy, Army leaders plumped solidly for a thorough reorganization of the national military setup. The basic plan: merger of the War and Navy Departments into a single department of the armed forces.
This would place the air force on an equal basis with the other services, although the Navy would retain its carrier-based air arm. Purpose of the merger: to eliminate duplication and inefficiency.