National Affairs: Thorpiter or Thupiter?

To end a bitter and expensive interservice rivalry, retiring Defense Secretary Charlie Wilson last week ordered a capable three-man committee to merge the Army's experimental Jupiter and the Air Force's Thor into a single intermediate-range ( 1, 500-mile) ballistics missile. The multimillion-dollar marriage brokers: Major General John B. Medaris. boss of the Army's missile-making Redstone Arsenal; Major General Bernard A. Schriever, boss of the Air Force's ballistics-missile program; and Wilson's special assistant for guided missiles, William M. Holaday, onetime Socony Mobil Oil Co. Inc. research director. Wedding date: "Earliest practicable," probably...

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