In Washington last week, after nine months of palaver and planning, the North Atlantic allies signed the Military Assistance Pacts for the defense of Western Europe. A billion dollars in U.S. arms and equipment will soon be moving across the Atlantic. High military missions will be interchanged. This week the Pentagon will name the senior American officers who will supervise the program abroad.

The U.S.'s able, dogged Major General Lyman Lemnitzer had prodded and pushed MAP through Congress and the chancelleries of Europe. He had maneuvered it past an international minefield of patents (each country is now responsible to its...

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