Defense: Streamlining the Guard

Since taking command of the Pentagon last year. Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara has vigorously goaded the sacred cows of the armed forces, to bellows of dismay from affronted admirals, generals and Congressmen. Last week it was the state Governors' turn to yowl as McNamara took steps to put a halter on the most sacred cow of all: the Army National Guard. At their conference in Hershey, Pa., the Governors met with McNamara to protest his plan to reform and cut back the Guard, a traditional source of political power, prestige and pay in their home states.

The Governors had been...

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