Armed Forces: Stormy Days for the Navy

When the sea winds howl and the ship wallows, the smart skipper heaves to and rides out the storm. By this standard, the Navy's new Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral David Lamar McDonald, 57, is as wise as they come.

Other admirals may saltily denounce the Pentagon's civilian bosses, but McDonald tries to make friends of them. While others are unnerved by the policies of Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, McDonald calls him "probably the best Defense Secretary ever." While admirals shiver their timbers in fear that Whiz Kid Alain Enthoven, 32 (who is conducting McNamara-requested cost-performance studies affecting the Navy's future),...

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