DEFENSE: Man of Missiles

More and more, attention turns on the missiles race between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Last week Defense Secretary Charles Erwin Wilson moved to strengthen the U.S. position. He appointed a topflight scientist to head the nation's missile program, then handed him the tools he will need for the job.

Stepping into one of the hottest spots in Washington is Eger (pronounced Eager) Vaughan Murphree, 57, an industrial research expert with little specific knowledge of missiles but an impressive record for getting results in engineering projects. No stranger to atomic weapons, Murphree...