Defense: A Chilly Future

From grand cold war strategy right down to the latest styles in helicopters, the U.S. had rarely if ever been given so competent and confident an exposition of its defense policies. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, appearing last week before the House Armed Services Committee, read almost all of a 198-page statement and answered Congressmen's questions in a style that often made them feel, quite helplessly, as though they were interrogating a computer. Congressmen certainly knew that they were in the presence of a man who had done his homework. Whether or not his answers prove to be the...

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