ARMED FORCES: Man Behind the Power

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Within the guarded inner labyrinth of the Pentagon, five men sit at a brightly polished table in soundproofed Room 2C923. Around them the walls are covered with maps: a relief map of Europe, flat blue maps of the Pacific and the Atlantic, brown-and-gold maps of the land masses of Asia and Africa. Spotted strategically across the grey wall-to-wall carpeting are wastebaskets stenciled SECRET.* Four of the five men are doing most of the talking; the fifth is listening, chain-smoking Parliaments, working intricately filigreed doodles on a white notepad with the...

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