The Secretary of Defense

The Secretary of Defense

by Douglas Kinnard


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Since its creation by the National Security Act of 1947 the office of secretary of defense has grown rapidly in power and influence, surpassing at times that of the secretary of state to become second only to the presidency in the government of the United States. The pivotal secretaries, according to Kinnard, are James Forrestal, Charles Wilson, Robert McNamara, Melvin Laird, and James Schlesinger.

Kinnard analyzes the administration of each of these secretaries not only within the domestic and international contexts of his time but also within the bureaucratic world in which the secretary functions along with the president and secretary of state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813114347
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 12/31/1981
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Douglas Kinnard, retired army brigadier general, is now professor of political science at the University of Vermont and is the author of The War Managers and President Eisenhower and Strategy Management.

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