DEFENSE: Retreat from Pessimism

DEFENSE Retreat from Pessimism "The plain fact is," growled Texas Democrat George H. Mahon, as his House subcommittee on defense appropriations began emergency hearings last week on the status of U.S. missile programs, "that the Administration has not yet made the fundamental decisions that must be made. The Administration has not reacted as boldly as it should." One day later, after a parade of Pentagon experts led by Defense Secretary Neil McElroy had spelled out missile progress to the subcommittee in crisp, uncensored terms, George Mahon emerged from the hearing room...

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