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Military decisions are much more difficult and more often wrong than civilian decisions.




Robert McNamara,1916-2009, U. S. Secretary of Defense (Democrat), Colloquium, Kennedy School of Government, March 3, 2004

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Robert McNamara
Robert McNamara
  • Born: June 9, 1916
  • Died: July 6, 2009
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant

Robert Strange McNamara was an American business executive and the eighth United States Secretary of Defense, serving from 1961 to 1968 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He played a major role in escalating the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. McNamara was responsible for the institution of systems analysis in public policy, which developed into the discipline known today as policy analysis.

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