The question of what kind of federal agency should control the U.S. space offensive burst on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue last week. Under discussion by a select and secret committee set up by the President and chaired by Scientific Adviser Dr. James Killian were four possible answers:

The Defense Department. As the U.S. pioneers in rocketry and space research, the armed forces are already deeply and impressively competent in the arts of rocketry and space planning, have close connections with the nation's best scientific brains. Conceivably the Defense Department —through its Advanced Research Projects Agency—could evolve into the overall space agency...

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