Is the U.S. mobilizing in the right way? General Motors' President Charles E. Wilson does not think so. The U.S. has shouldered the major responsibility for leading—and protecting—the free world. But, said "Engine Charlie" Wilson, the nation has failed to provide a "permanent national defense program" which would provide protection "for several generations if necessary."

Said he, before the American Ordnance Association in Cincinnati last week: "The current emergency is again being met with emergency measures which are exorbitant in cost, disruptive to the civilian economy and may not be adequate in time." There is no virtue, he believes, in desperately mobilizing...

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