Armed Forces: Advocate for the Army

Who is the Secretary of the Army? It is a safe bet that no more than one out of 100 men in the street would know. For the Army Secretary, like his Air Force and Navy counterparts, is trapped in a limbo of anonymity between Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and the uniformed military chiefs.

The incumbent is Stephen Ailes, 53, who has been at the Pentagon since 1961, first as Under Secretary and for the last 16 months as Secretary. During his Washington stay, he has been associated with some significant changes in army life.

By making the course tougher for both...

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