Defense: Tension in the Tank

During his six-year reign as Defense Secretary, Robert Strange McNamara has done more than enshrine the computer in government. More significantly, he has also cemented civilian control over the Pentagon, an achievement that notably eluded his seven predecessors. Though he is still the unchallenged master of his mighty domain, McNamara of late has found himself increasingly and unmistakably at odds with Earle Gilmore ("Bus") Wheeler, the urbanely outspoken Army general who, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since 1964, has brought that post to maturity.

Inevitably, in so long and...

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