The Nation: NO LONGER A KID BUT STILL A WHIZ

Nuclear physicist. Bomb designer.

Missile expert. Presidential consultant. Chief of military research. Air Force Secretary. College president. SALT negotiator.

No U.S. Secretary of Defense has ever come to the job with such sterling credentials or thorough preparation. Still, as Harold Brown points out, most of his predecessors got into trouble "because of things for which no one could be prepared." Then he adds with a slight frown, "There is nothing quite so likely to lead to error as believing that you know all about a situation when in fact...

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