Defense: Shaping the Amorphous Lump

When President Nixon last year appointed his special "Blue Ribbon Panel" to study organization and operations of the Defense Department, he asked the members to be unsparing in their criticism. He has no reason now to be disappointed. The group, chaired by Gilbert Fitzhugh, the cruelly candid board chairman of Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., came out last week with one of the most sweeping —and critical—studies of a U.S. Government department ever undertaken. The result of a full year's work, the three-pound, 237-page report contains 113 recommendations and forms a blueprint for...

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