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Robert S. McNamara

Wars and InterventionsJohn F. KennedyVietnam War (1955-1975)U.S. MilitaryWhite HouseLyndon B. Johnson
McNamara, center, and Army Gen. Maxwell Taylor, left, confer with President Kennedy at the White House in 1963 about U.S. military efforts in South Vietnam. McNamara served as secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War under presidents Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. AFP/Getty Images