Security: Companies Besieged

During the time of "peace," the "enemy" prepares the way for attack and internal disruption.

For all its martial tone, that quotation is not an excerpt from the maxims of Chairman Mao or Che Guevara's advice to guerrillas. It is a sample from the conventional wisdom of A Checklist for Plant Security, a 16-page pamphlet published by the National Association of Manufacturers and distributed to 250,000 businessmen. Its militant, military style is a direct response to the disturbing fact that U.S. business is now under siege—the target of a multipronged assault by forces ranging from outside political protesters to...

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