National Affairs: SIX FOR THE KENNEDY CABINET

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Robert Strange McNamara, 44. "In our business," says Automaker Henry Ford II, "we are lucky if we make the right decision 51% of the time. What I have noticed about Bob McNamara is that he makes an awful lot of right decisions."

The first Henry Ford, unlike his grandson, might have thought scholarly Robert McNamara, president of the Ford Motor Co., an odd choice to be top man in either Dearborn or the Pentagon. San Francisco-born, Bob McNamara was a sophomore Phi Beta Kappa at the University of California. He went on to Harvard Business School for a...

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