Clipped From Asheville Citizen-Times
Gordon Gray May Get Cabinet-Rank Cabinet-Rank Cabinet-Rank Post By Robert S. Allen : WASHINGTON President Eisenhower Is taking a highly significant step on the heavily-mbattled heavily-mbattled heavily-mbattled multi-billion multi-billion multi-billion dollar foreign aid pro-gra-m. pro-gra-m. pro-gra-m. pro-gra-m. pro-gra-m. ! He proposes to give the Defense Department Department a lot more say regarding it. I That will be done by asking Congress to ere-ateja ere-ateja ere-ateja new cabinet-rank cabinet-rank cabinet-rank office of Undersecretary of Defense, and promoting Assistant Defense Secretary Secretary Gordon Gray to it. ; As Undersecretary of Defense, the able and popular North Carolinian will be officially on a par-with par-with par-with Undersecretary of State Herbert Hoover Jr.,' the Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air-forpe, Air-forpe, Air-forpe, and the head of the International Cooperation Cooperation Administration that runs the foreign aid; program. ' This is essential as Gray will participate directly directly in the top-level top-level top-level activities of the National Eer-urily Eer-urily Eer-urily Council, key policy agency of the gov-rriment, gov-rriment, gov-rriment, the State Department, the three military military services, and the 1CA. ! Senator Richard Russell (D., Ga.) and Rep. Ca;l Vinson (D., Ga.), chairmen of the Armed SeCvlces Committees, have been apprised of this significant backstage plan and indicated they fav'pr it. Their 'influential support ensures approval approval by Congress. The Defense Department does not have an Undersecretary. The second-ranking second-ranking second-ranking official at present is Deputy Secretary Reuben Robertson Jr., Cincinnati, O., paper manufacturer, who was appointed last year. There are also nine Assistant Secretaries, and a Special Assistant Secretary who was recently named to coordinate the various various guided missiles programs. Gray, a combat veteran of World War II, has extensive Pentagon experience. He was Secretary of the Army in the Truman Administration, resigning resigning in 1950 to become president of the University University of North Carolina. At President Eisenhower's Eisenhower's urgent request, Gray returned to Washington Washington last year as Assistant Defense Secretary for foreign affairs. A Defense Department memorandum stresses that the purpose of the new cabinet-rank cabinet-rank cabinet-rank office is to give the Department a bigger voice in International affairs,' particularly foreign aid spending. The memorandum, which spells out the scope and functions of the new Undersecretary, indicates they include such momentous matters as the shipment of arms to Saudi Arabia, negotiations negotiations for U.S. bases, East-West East-West East-West trade controls, controls, and who gets how much and what under the military aid program.