Hours after Mathematical Physicist Charles Critchfield, 49, agreed to take over as boss of the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency (TIME, Nov. 16), he became the target for salvo after salvo of editorial and political criticism. Nobody seemed to doubt that he might be a good man to help straighten out the U.S.'s missile mess, but many were worried over how and by whom he would be paid while on the job. Reason: at Defense Secretary Neil McElroy's urging, Critchfield was to be a "WOC," serve "without compensation" from the U.S. and...

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