ARMED FORCES: Changing the Guard

Almost as often as they wonder when Defense Secretary Charles Erwin Wilson will retire, Washington pundits speculate on who will succeed him. Last week a logical candidate moved closer to the job. Into the second-in-command post of Deputy Secretary went slight (5 ft. 9 in., 140 Ibs.), mild-mannered Donald A. Quarles, 62. In 1955 Industrial Scientist Quarles (Western Electric, Bell Labs) succeeded the late Harold Talbott as Air Force Secretary, impressed Wilson and Washington by quietly, capably directing a crack Air Force. At Defense, Quarles succeeds Reuben Robertson Jr., who is leaving after two years to return to private...

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