THE ADMINISTRATION: Lock & Barrel

After the Senate confirmed Charles Erwin Wilson as Defense Secretary, a Pentagon wag quipped: "They okayed him lock and barrel." Last week the Senate's Armed Services Committee okayed Wilson's four top assistants on the same lock-and-barrel basis—minus stock in defense industries. Then the committee recalled Air Secretary-designate Harold E. Talbott for a third round of questioning. The Senate went ahead and confirmed the other three appointees by voice vote.

Talbott, Deputy Defense Secretary-designate Roger M. Kyes and Navy Secretary-designate Robert B. Anderson got through the second-round committee hearings with little trouble. Kyes and Talbott said they would divest themselves of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!