Recently in these pages Francis J. West, Jr. presented thumbnail sketches of the service of 14 Secretaries of Defense, suggested that most had failed, and offered the view that those failures were owed to a confusion of priorities among the several roles each Secretary must play and a consequent expenditure of too much time and energy on the wrong issues.
"Set & Drift: Success and the Secretary of Defense: Another View,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 34
, Article 9.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol34/iss5/9