The Nation: Watching Birds and Budgets

"Let's cut out that Pentagon baloney," the nation's current Secretary of Defense once directed an Air Force colonel. "Just give me the facts." The Secretary can be gracious and soft-spoken with visitors, as he sucks on his pipe in his third-floor office on the Pentagon's E Ring. At other times he can turn peevish, ornery and even confusing. But the particular challenge he presents to his military colleagues at the Defense Department is that, unlike his eleven predecessors, James R. Schlesinger, 45, is a professional weapons-systems analyst who knows exactly what the men...

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