McNamara, Robert S. - from United States

ID: 264164
Organization: TBI
Country of meeting: in the year 2008

United States Secretary of Defense, serving from 1961 to 1968 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He played a major role in escalating the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. McNamara was responsible for the institution of systems analysis in public policy, which developed into the discipline known today as policy analysis.

He was born in San Francisco, California, graduated from UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School and served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. After the war, Henry Ford II hired McNamara and a group of other Army Air Force veterans to work for Ford Motor Company. These "Whiz Kids" helped reform Ford with modern planning, organization, and management control systems. After briefly serving as Ford's president, McNamara accepted appointment as Secretary of Defense.

World Bank President (1968-81)
US Secretary of Defense (1961-68)
Ford Motors President (1960-61)
Ford Motors VP Car and Truck Divisions (1957-60)
Ford Motors (1946-57)
Member of the Board of Ford Motors (1957-60)

Activities in the Orangization:
Honorary Trustee