National Affairs: The Expert's Touch

In most respects, the President's plan for reorganization of the U.S. defense establishment followed the recommendations of Nelson Rockefeller's three-month-old Committee on Department of Defense Organization.* But it also reflected a sureness of touch based on the President's intimate knowledge of the nation's military machine and its shortcomings. "I address the Congress," noted Eisenhower last week, "on a subject which has been of primary interest to me throughout all the years of my adult life . . ."

The new plan had three major objectives: more efficiency, improved strategic planning and greater civilian...

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