DEFENSE: Shaky Offensive

Republican leaders had hoped to keep Defense Secretary Charles Erwin Wilson under wraps until some of the furor about his budget died down. But friends of the Air Force stirred up such a row that the Senate Appropriations Committee called Wilson well ahead of schedule last week to give him his big chance to sell his product.

In a prepared statement, Wilson went over much the same ground as did the President in his radio address. Said Wilson: "This certainly does not indicate that the Department of Defense has changed its mind...

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