Armed Forces: The Choice

With Admiral Arleigh Burke's term as Chief of Naval Operations expiring this August, Pentagon and press speculation about a successor for weeks had covered almost the whole range between John Paul Jones and the coxswain of the Harvard crew. But last week, when the new CNO finally got nominated by President Kennedy, he turned out to be the admiral who had been the leading and most logical candidate all along: Vice Admiral George Whelan Anderson Jr., 54, commander of the U.S.'s Mediterranean-based Sixth Fleet.

Anderson is a remarkable combination of military politician, diplomat, public relations expert, disciplinarian, moralist—and experienced Navy airman....

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