Defense: Ros & I . . .

Even the warmest admirers of Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara agree that he is something less than the soul of diplomacy. His voice rasps with irritation at slower-witted subordinates; he has cut off soldiers and solons in mid-spiel. But while McNamara has effectively been shaking things up at the Pentagon, another man has effectively been soothing them down. He is Roswell L. Gilpatric, 55, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and by general agreement the most important No. 2 man in any department or agency of the New Frontier.

Last Monday morning, Gilpatric as usual sat at McNamara's side during the weekly...

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