Backing up Secretary McNamara in the Defense Department are some of the sharpest minds in Washington. The top three:

Roswell L. Gilpatric, 54. Deputy Secretary of Defense, is one of the few Pentagon leaders hand-picked by President Kennedy, who felt that McNamara, inexperienced in Washington ways, would need someone with previous Pentagon wound stripes to help him through the interservice booby traps. The two men—the driving Midwestern production man and the polished Eastern intellectual—have hit it off so well that McNamara now characteristically begins an opinion with the phrase, "Ros and I." Ros...

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