DEFENSE: Decisive Shortage

In the arms race with Russia, any serious gap in decision making can result one to five years later in a serious U.S. defense gap. This "decision lead-time" problem came sharply into focus last week when the Pentagon faced a serious, unexpected gap in top decision makers. The sudden death of Deputy Defense Secretary Donald Quarles (TIME, May 18) robbed the Pentagon of its key keeper of important policy detail just at a time when:

Defense Secretary Neil H. McElroy was planning to head back this fall to his Cincinnati home to pick...

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