The Unification Act of 1947 increased interservice rivalries profoundly. The most powerful military machine in the world was being dismantled slowly in response to economic requirements set by the administration of President Harry S Truman. The most notorious of these animosities centered on the role aircraft carriers and intercontinental strategic bombers would play in delivering nuclear weapons. The future revealed the weakness of that conclusion, but not before cancellation of the new supercarrier, the United States.
The Air Force Wasn't Even Close
By Commander James Paulsen, USN