ARMAMENT: The Wilson Plan

Signs of a drastic change in the arms program under Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson appeared in Washington last week. The signs indicated that the Wilson plan to eliminate secondary producers and concentrate arms production with prime contractors would be adopted as policy. Items:

¶ The Air Force canceled orders for $100 million worth of J47 jet engines made by Packard and Studebaker under license from General Electric, the primary producer. The cancellation amounted to a one-third cut in Studebaker and Packard engine orders, and meant that the two companies' engine contracts...

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