Defence: Counterattack

DEFENSE

Defense Secretary Robert McNamara has been under fire from some big guns because of his go-slow approach to the development of the RS-70, the Air Force's reconnaissance-strike superbomber. First, General Curtis LeMay, the Air Force's cigar-chomping Chief of Staff, bluntly charged that McNamara was endangering the nation's security. Then Chairman Carl Vinson of the House Armed Services Committee sided with LeMay, backed a bill that would give the Pentagon a direct order to speed construction of the RS-70. Last week McNamara, his patience gone, called a press conference to fire a...

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