Inside Reagan's Navy: The Pentagon Journals

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Texas A&M University Press, Apr 7, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
While serving as an assistant to Vice President George H. W. Bush, Chase Untermeyer concluded that the only way to learn how the US government really works was to leave the silken cocoon of the White House and seek a position in one of the departments or agencies.

In March 1983, when offered an appointment as a deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, he jumped at the opportunity. After only a year as a “DASN,” he was named by President Ronald Reagan as assistant secretary for Manpower & Reserve Affairs, in charge of all personnel issues affecting nearly one million sailors and Marines and a third of a million civilian workers.

Inside Reagan’s Navy offers an engaging, up-close narrative of Untermeyer’s experiences in the Pentagon, interwoven with descriptions of events and people, humorous anecdotes, and telling quotations.

As in his earlier book, When Things Went Right: The Dawn of the Reagan-Bush Administration, Inside Reagan’s Navy paints a portrait of official Washington during the Reagan years, with its politics, parties, and personalities.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Photo gallery
16
Chapter 2
25
Chapter 3
36
Chapter 4
45
Chapter 5
74
Chapter 6
86
Chapter 7
100
Chapter 11
224
Chapter 12
239
Chapter 13
263
Chapter 14
282
Chapter 15
298
Afterword
304
Abbreviations and Acronyms
311
Notes on Sources
315

Chapter 8
115
Chapter 9
152
Chapter 10
188
About the Author
317
Index
319
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A diarist since the age of nine and later a journalist, CHASE UNTERMEYER began his service in Washington in January 1981 as executive assistant to Vice President Bush. Subsequently he was an assistant secretary for the US Navy, a senior White House aide to President George H. W. Bush, and director of the Voice of America. He would later serve President George W. Bush as US ambassador to Qatar. Now an international business consultant, he lives in Houston.

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