SINCE well before Richard Nixon was elected President of the U.S., the nation's military moguls have been the butt of mounting criticism. Its chief cause has been growing disenchantment with the war in Viet Nam, which helped unseat Lyndon Johnson and install Nixon in the White House. In the nearly five months since Nixon took office, the disaffection has grown. Overspending on military items—notably the giant C-5A transport, the F-lll fighter-bomber, the Cheyenne helicopter—has drawn increasingly savage congressional fire. A newspaper advertisement suggests mockingly: "From the people who brought you Viet Nam—the...

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