Business: LOCKHEED'S CASUALTIES IN THE DEFENSE CONTROVERSY

WHEN its best friends begin to fault it, the Pentagon is obviously in perilous straits. Last week Texas Democrat George Mahon, a longtime supporter of the military as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, rose in the House to complain that the Pentagon's "many mistakes" had created a public "lack of confidence." Mahon's old ally Mendel Rivers, head of the Armed Services Committee, grabbed a microphone to protest. "This is the way to tear down the military," he shouted. "Keep on saying it, and the enemies of the military will love you."

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