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The Secretary called attention to the information on several staff appointments and a brief discussion of Major General McCutcheon followed. The Secretary has talked to the Congressional Regents and found no objection. General McCutcheon has represented General Chapman on the Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum. He knows the aerospace programs and has had considerable experience in testifying before Congressional Committees. General Chapman spoke highly of McCutcheon in a recent conversation with the Secretary.

Dr. Paine of NASA commented that McCutcheon would be acceptable although he preferred a civilian. He suggested Dr. John C. Fisher, a MIT Ph.D. formerly chief scientists for the Air Force, and recently employed by General Electric in Philadelphia.

It was commented that if the museum building were under construction, there would be a great number of candidates. Nevertheless, General McCutcheon has the enthusiasm to join in our present efforts for redesign of a scaled-down building, sharing in the Secretary's belief that the building will be constructed as soon as budgetary limitations permit.

The Committee recommended that the Secretary negotiate with General McCutcheon as the leading candidate. If this fails, then the Secretary should proceed to negotiate with Dr. Fisher.

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