National Affairs: Blast-Off

One of President Eisenhower's privately voiced suspicions is that overzealous missilemakers help fan congressional and public demands for larger missile programs. Last week an overzealous missilemaker seemed to prove the President right—and in so doing, did no good to the cause of U.S. defense that he has capably served.

The missilemaker was handsome, tough talking Thomas Lanphier Jr., 44, wartime fighter pilot and Navy Cross winner (for gunning down the plane carrying Japan's naval commander, Admiral Isoroku Ya-mamoto), who is a vice president of General Dynamics' Atlas-making Convair division. To an audience of...

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