Defense: Strongest & Longest

Without fanfare or even much of a press release, a Pentagon milestone was passed last week. Robert Strange McNamara, 49, completed his 1,716th day as Secretary of Defense, thus exceeding the tenure of the late Charles E. Wilson (1953-7), who had previously held the job longer than any other secretary since the Cabinet post was created in 1947.

If Lyndon Johnson has anything to say about it, his aloof, ferociously efficient Defense Secretary will stay with it at least another thousand days. "He's the only man in my Cabinet I can find at...

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