ARMAMENT: The Big Guns

One hundred corporations received 61.5% of the $29.7 billion in defense contracts of more than $10,000 awarded in the last fiscal year, the Munitions Board reported last week. Though General Motors alone copped 8% of the total, the board observed that many of G.M.'s contracts were eventually parceled out to subcontractors. In World War II, the board noted, the top 100 companies got 67.2% of the total contracts of $50,000 or more. Today's top ten:

Company Amount (in millions) Percent of total

General Motors $2,372.5 8.0

United Aircraft 1,228.0 4.1

Douglas Aircraft...

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