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December 4, 1967

Editorial

'Technological Forecasts'

THE GIRLS

Washington Roundup

Management

DOD to Start Post-Award Audits

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Editorial

'Technological Forecasts'

Technological forecasting is a periodic effort to determine the long-range implications of technological progress. It goes beyond the advanced planning that every successful company or government agency must do. . . . As a rule, a technological forecast is such a sizable effort that it cannot be afforded on an anuual basis, although we can certainly look forward to technological forecasts being conducted at increasingly shorter intervals.
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THE GIRLS

Washington Roundup

Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara is presiding over the final drafting of the Fiscal 1969 defense budget, including a severe paring of service requests, but will not be called upon to defend it before Congress. The pending departure of McNamara, scheduled to become president of the World Bank early next year, also should make it easier for top Navy officials to vent their opposition publicly to a quantity buy of the General Dynamics F-111B variable-geometry fighter, a project that bears McNamara’s personal imprint.

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Management

DOD to Start Post-Award Audits

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Management

DOD Weighs Expenditure Cut

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Aeronautical Engineering

Mirage 3G Prototype Tested

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Space Technology

Saturn Flight Data Meet NASA Objectives

Washington—Saturn 5 launch vehicle and its Apollo payload performed well within acceptable mission tolerances despite some still unexplained deviations from the Nov. 9 flight plan (AW&ST NOV. 13, p. 32). National Aeronautics and Space Administration still is analyzing data from the complex systems involved in the first flight of the Saturn 5 and an Apollo command and service module, but refinements since the successful recovery of the spacecraft show all major mission objectives were achieved.

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Jaguar Refusal

Paris—French officials have confirmed reports from Bonn that the West German government has decided against ordering the Anglo-French Jaguar jet fighter-trainer. Reportedly, West German Defense Minister Gerhard Schroeder may have decided to order several hundred McDonnell F-4 aircraft from the U.S. (see p. 23).
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Management

NASA Centers Feel Fund Cuts

Washington—Full impact of budget reductions and the changing character of old field center responsibilities will be felt next month with layoffs of 640 employes at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
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War in Vietnam

Improved North Viet Air Capability Cited

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United Aircraft Chief

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