DEFENSE: Confirmation

On Capitol Hill one morning last week, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee sat sedately along one side of a big conference table, ready to pass judgment on the men whom Dwight Eisenhower had nominated to replace the present Joint Chiefs of Staff. Across the table, nervously awaiting their ordeal by interrogation, sat the four beribboned nominees (see cut)—prospective Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Arthur Radford, the Navy's schoolmasterish-looking Admiral Robert Carney, the Air Force's handsome, white-maned General Nathan Twining and the Army's General Matthew Ridgway, stiffly erect in paratroop boots.

Spectators and newsmen were counting on fireworks. As...

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