DEFENSE: On the Spot

"You," said Texas Democrat Lyndon Johnson, "are the man on the spot—the man to whom the American people look for missiles." The man on the spot was Pentagon's Guided Missiles Director William M. Holaday—and after his bumbling and uninformed testimony before Johnson's Senate Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee last week, both Holaday and the Defense Department's direction of the missile program were on the hottest spot ever.

First of all, Lyndon Johnson was concerned whether Holaday had "the facilities that truly make you a director in charge of missiles or whether you just have...

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