Eberle, Adm James
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTEJames Henry Fuller Eberle was born in Bristol in May, 1927 and educated at Clifton College, Dartmouth, as a cadet in 1940.In 1977 he was promoted to Vice Admiral and became Chief of Fleet Support and a member of the Admiralty Board before promotion to Admiral in 1979 when he was appointed a major NATO Commander, as Allied Commander-in-Chief Channel, as well as Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic and, in a national capacity, Commander-in-Chief Fleet. He became the Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command in 1981, in which year he was also appointed a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Bath by her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.SUMMARY Speaker sought to highlight differences in outlook between the United States and the other 14 NATO members. 1) the arms race and its proliferation have led to a nonrational number of nuclear weapons. "People don't want to be defended to death." He critiqued INF, the Falklands War (to protect "1,500 sheepherders and farmers"), and likely failure of arms control agreements. Such a war is unwinnable in any sense; any so-called limited war would be unlimited. To match overkill with overkill is nonsense. Thus all should agree to reduce inventories and clarify intent of nonuse, prevent misreading of signals. The existence of nukes has moved the world away from the East-West conflict to regional instabilities though the superpowers' interests do clash in the Middle East. NATO should have introduced cruise missiles and Pershing IIs simply as a matter of replacement; instead they became parts of an Alliance virility issue.