Space: Tone & Pace

The Pentagon corridors were deserted as, at 7:30 a.m., Defense Secretary Robert McNamara entered the beige-carpeted private dining room of Air Force Secretary Eugene Zuckert. Over breakfast, McNamara and Zuckert discussed the U.S.

military space program, which had come under heavy fire since the companionable flights of Cosmonauts Popovich and Nikolayev. McNamara asked Zuckert if he felt that the Department of Defense was delaying essential Air Force space projects.

Replied Zuckert, a loyal friend (and squash-court foe) to McNamara since the 19405, when they both taught at the Harvard School of Business:...

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