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...

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