AVIATION: Target-Maker

Military plane production, as everyone in the industry knows, is far behind schedule. Output is more than 20% below the targets, and planemakers will have a hard time reaching even the modest goal of 5,000 planes this year. Last week Mobilization Boss Charlie Wilson moved to crack the defense program's biggest lag (out of every defense dollar to be spent in the next year, 48¢ is earmarked for aircraft). He set up a board of top brass from civilian and Defense Department agencies with sweeping powers to rev up U.S. aircraft production.

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