Armed Forces: Imaginary Weaknesses

Most defense experts concede that Robert McNamara's Pentagon functions with the smooth efficiency of a computer. On the other hand, his critics point out, even a computer can make a mistake. By miscalculating the full demands of the Viet Nam war, they contend, the Defense Department has weakened the nation's worldwide commitments and run dangerously short of combat-ready troops. At a press conference aimed at answering his critics, most notably the Senate's Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee Chairman John Stennis and the New York Times, McNamara last week countered with a cool, 30-page...

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