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Secdef The Nearly Impossible Job of Secretary of Defense

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ISBN-10: 1574887955

ISBN-13: 9781574887952

Edition: 2007

Authors: Charles A. Stevenson

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SECDEF offers an expert's insights into one of the most difficult jobs in Washington. Of the twenty-one men who have held the post of secretary of defense since it was created in 1947, only half served more than eighteen months. The first, James Forrestal, committed suicide soon after leaving the Pentagon. Seven of his successors were fired or allowed to resign gracefully after losing the confidence of the president. Many left frustrated and disappointed, while few retained the celebrity and esteem they held while in office. One observer has called the job "the graveyard of political ambitions." Charles A. Stevenson, who as a national security adviser to four U.S. senators has seen several…    
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.91" wide x 9.84" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Dr. Charles A. Stevenson teaches courses in American foreign policy at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he was a longtime professor at the National War College, where he directed the core course on the interagency process for national security policy. He has executive branch experience, including service on the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, and served for 22 years as a Senate staffer on defense and foreign policy. He is the author of a study of the congressional role in major military operations, Congress at War ; a historical survey of U.S. civil-military relations, Warriors and Politicians ; and a comparative…    

Background and Evolution of the Office
The Nearly Impossible Job
The Cemetery for Dead Cats
Politics and Personalities
The Revolutionaries
McNamara: The Numbers of Power
Schlesinger: The Independence of Ideas
Weinberger: The Power of Tenacity
The Firefighters
Laird: The Power of Politics
Aspin: The Politics of Failure
Cohen: The Politics of Defense
The Team Players
Brown: The Technology of Power
Cheney: The Power of Decisiveness
Perry: The Power of Decency
The Rumsfeld Transformation
Roles and Performances
Manager of the Pentagon
War Planner
NSC Adviser
Successes and Failures
Secretaries of Defense
Foreign Travel by Secretaries of Defense
About the Author