Beating Swordmakers into Plowmakers

) WHILE DEFENSE SECRETARY LES ASPIN WAS PROPOSING major military-base closings, President Clinton was campaigning to save jobs in another endangered sector of the economy: the defense industry. Near Baltimore last week he preached the rewards of converting weapons plants to civilian production and unveiled a five-year, $20 billion plan to help make such transitions. Standing before an array of sophisticated nonmilitary products, Clinton praised the Westinghouse Electronics System Group -- mainly a military supplier -- for branching out into such items as wind-shear sensors for civilian aircraft and batteries for electric cars. His message: companies that beat their swords into...

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