COHEN GETS ONE RIGHT

THE DEFENSE CHIEF TAPS A SQUEAKY-CLEAN SPECIAL OPS WARRIOR TO LEAD THE MILITARY. WASHINGTON SALUTES

That crackling sound you heard last week was the U.S. military shedding more of its cold war carapace. When Bill Clinton and Defense Secretary William Cohen announced that Army General H. Hugh Shelton would become the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, they were in effect introducing the country to the prototype of the new American soldier.

That's because the 6-ft. 5-in. Shelton already commands a force that the rest of the military must learn to emulate: the small (47,000 strong), highly mobile Special Operations Command, which includes Green Berets, Navy seals and other elite commandos from all branches...

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