DEFENSE: Feet in the Fire

Attempting to settle one of the Pentagon's bitterest interservice quarrels, Secretary of Defense Neil McElroy last week outlined a "master plan" for U.S. continental air defense. What it amounted to was a shaky compromise between rival antiaircraft missiles, the Army's Nike-Hercules and the Air Force Bomarc. The solution satisfied hardly anyone, and the grumbles both from Capitol Hill and the Pentagon reflected an increasingly apparent fact: for Neil Hosler McElroy, sometime president of Procter & Gamble, one of the longest of all Washington honeymoons is ending.

Big (6 ft. 4 in., 210 Ibs.), easy-moving Neil McElroy, 54, got off to...

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