Defense: The Solicitous Giant

During his stay in Lilliput, Lemuel Gulliver had to be on his guard all the time to avoid harming the inhabitants. He was so enormous that a careless step could demolish a building.

The men who run the U.S. Defense Department, said Deputy Defense Secretary Roswell L. Gilpatric in a recent speech, "sometimes feel like a Gulliver among the Lilliputians." Spending upward of $50 billion a year, nearly 10% of the entire gross national product, the Defense Department is an economic giant that dwarfs the biggest of corporations. Its decisions on where and...

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