June 2011

Vol. 94, No. 6

Air Force World

National Security Leadership Named President Obama announced in April his intent to nominate Leon E. Panetta to replace Robert M. Gates as Defense Secretary and Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to take over for Panetta as CIA director. “I cannot...

Verbatim

Panetta’s Prayer “It’s in your hands, friend. I wish you the best. All I can do is pray a hell of a lot.”—CIA Director Leon E. Panetta to Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, just before the latter initiated the SEAL...

Vulcan

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McNamara’s “No Cities” Speech

Commencement Address Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI June 9, 1962 FULL TEXT VERSION In a famous address in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1962, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara unveiled a controversial nuclear...

Letters

Gin Rummy Not once in his memo does Secretary Rumsfeld mention Afghanistan, al Qaeda, or Osama bin Laden [“Keeper File: Rumsfeld’s ‘Parade of Horribles,’ ” April, p. 71]. This was 2002. Whether deliberately forgetful or incredibly stupid, to talk about...

Books

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AFA National Report

Role Models Their peers were probably still asleep when, on a recent Saturday, AFJROTC cadets in Clinton, Md., assembled to hear two members of the Thomas W. Anthony Chapter (Md.) inspire them through stories about their lives and their Air...