Public Policy: Rickover's Attack on Defense Contractors

Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, who has long directed his salty criticism at inadequate U.S. schools and at unimaginative military brass, last week zeroed in on U.S. business. Industry has fallen dangerously short of meeting the exacting technological standards of the nuclear age, said the father of the nuclear submarine to a meeting of the American Society for Metals.

"I have found," said Rickover, "that management is reluctant to depart from outdated practices; that it is not informed of what is actually going on in the plant; that it fails to provide the informed and strong leadership necessary to bring about improvements...

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