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OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC HISTORICAL OFFICE

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Works: 9 works in 10 publications in 1 language and 14 library holdings
Genres: History 
Classifications: UA23.6, 355.60973
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Most widely held works by OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC HISTORICAL OFFICE
Honor Bound: The History of American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973 by Stuart I Rochester( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Honor Bound is the result of a fruitful collaboration between Stuart I. Rochester and Frederick Kiley. In examining the lives of the prisoners in captivity, it presents a vivid, sensitive, sometimes excruciating, account of how men sought to cope with the physical and psychological torment of imprisonment under wretched and shameful conditions. It includes insightful analyses of the circumstances and conditions of captivity and its varying effects on the prisoners, the strategies and tactics of captors and captives, the differences between captivity in North and South Vietnam and between Laos and Vietnam, and analysis of the quality of the source materials for this and other works on the subject
The Department of Defense : documents on establishment and organization ; 1944-1978 ( )
1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume, the first of a series, is a collection of documents with a single theme-the establishment and development of the organization of the Department of Defense. This reference collection contains source materials that will be useful to scholars, officials of government, reporters of current affairs, and others. It may also afford insights into the evolution of a large and complex department of government. Topics summarized and/or documented include: The National Security Act of 1947; The Amendment of 1949; Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1953; Defense Reorganization Act of 1958; Administrative and Legislative Modifications -- 1958-1978; and Functions of the Armed Services and the Joint Chiefs of Staff
History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Volume 1. The Formative Years, 1947-1950 ( )
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
To provide a permanent and comprehensive historical record, the Office of the Secretary of Defense has undertaken to publish a thorough, objective, critical, and analytical history. The overall plan for the OSD history provides for an open-ended series of volumes in chronological sequence, each covering several years, with time periods determined by a number of common characteristics, principally a high degree of internal unity and beginnings and endings that are distinct and significant. Within this chronological framework, the major themes are treated topically. It is hoped that these volumes will stimulate additional research that will further amplify the history of OSD. The first volume of the series, The Formative Years, 1947-1950, is especially important because it provides a foundation on which succeeding volumes may build. Since an exhaustive history of OSD is impossible, the volume aims rather to illuminate the main events, policies, and personages of these early years and to point up to the tensions and tribulations, successes and failures, that attended the reordering of the nation's defense structure. The treatment of the Formative Years is more narrative than analytical, but interpretations and conclusions are not wanting. The authority of the volume derives chiefly from the rigorous study and extensive use of OSD primary source materials, to which the author had full access. Secondary accounts were used selectively. Living sources, in the form of interviews, were especially valuable, contributing much to the originality and flavor of the book
The Department of Defense, 1947-1997 : organization and leaders by Roger R Trask( )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The National Security Act of 1947 established the Department of Defense (named the National Military Establishment between 1947 and 1949) as part of a new national security structure for the United States. Exactly a half century after James V Forrestal took the oath of office as the first secretary of defense, the Department of Defense marked its 50th anniversary on 17 September 1997. This book presents a 50-year history of the evolution of DoD organization and the top leadership of the department. The higher organization of the department has evolved from the small office of the secretary of defense and three special assistants established in 1947 to a formal Office of the Secretary of Defense, now including more than 2,000 persons. As this study shows, developing an effective department-wide organization concerned Forrestal and most of his successors. Major reorganizations took place in 1949, 1953, 1958, and 1986, with important Incremental changes occurring over the years This hook discusses specific organizational issues, such as civil-military relations, the roles and missions of the armed forces, the positions of the service secretaries, and the organization and duties of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, especially its chairman
History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense: Into the Missile Age, 1956-1960. Volume IV ( )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The series of volumes on the History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense constitutes a history of national security policy focusing on the role of the secretary of defense and OSD written from the records of the highest levels of the U.S. Government. The range of this volume for the period August 1956-January 1960 is extensive
History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Volume 2. The Test of War, 1950-1953 ( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Volume 3: Strategy, Money, and the New Look 1953-1956 ( )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This publication, Volume III of the History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, is concerned with the first three and a half years of the Eisenhower administration-1953-1956. The hallmark of these years was the constant struggle of the administration to hold down the cost of national defense and balance that cost against an array of post-Korea cold war challenges. For President Eisenhower the budget balancing priority was almost an obsession. His firm belief that a sound and fundamental economy was the bedrock on which all national policy had to be based manifested itself powerfully in all considerations of the national budget, and especially in the national defense budget, the dominant element. This volume, therefore, seeks to demonstrate and develop the interlocking relationship between the economy, strategy, and money in the making of a national security policy that came to be known as the New Look. The New Look had its antecedent in the immediate pre-Korean War policies of the Truman administration, which had begun to emphasize the role of airpower and nuclear weapons in an effort to diminish reliance on the manpower-intensive ground forces and hold down the cost of national defense. The Korean War frustrated the overt implementation of this policy because of its demands for large ground forces, but important advances occurred in the buildup of strategic nuclear airpower during the war that would facilitate that transformation. Thus, for its New Look strategic air component, the Eisenhower administration inherited and embraced, within the constraints of the budget, needed essential elements-a fast-growing Strategic Air Command being equipped with jet bombers, rapidly expanding stockpiles of nuclear weapons, beginnings of ballistic missile development, and revolutionary advances in electronics. All of these could make it possible for the New Look to fulfill its widely perceived promise of a "bigger bang for a buck."
Pentagon 9/11 ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
As no other event in U.S. history, not even Pearl Harbor, the deadly assaults on New York and Washington that took the lives of almost 3,000 people on 11 September 2001 shattered the nation's sense of security. The utter destruction of the Twin Towers in New York and the severe damage done to the Pentagon by Middle East terrorists signaled a changed world in the making, one that poses a constant threat of attack that the United States must guard against and defeat if its people are to live in freedom and safety. The nation responded first with stunned surprise and overwhelming grief, then with outrage and stern refusal to be intimidated. What happened at the Pentagon that day and for days afterwards is a compelling story of trauma and tragedy as well as courage and caring and an instructive case study in coping with such appalling contingencies. Any history of this event must relate the resolve and fortitude exhibited by the military and civilians most immediately affected as well as the indispensable help that came from thousands of responders in the aftermath. In the first terrifying minutes after the plane crashed into the building the swift actions of survivors and rescuers helped save the lives of many who would otherwise have perished. The prompt response and subsequent performance of federal, state, and especially local agencies, in particular their coordination and cooperation with each other and with Pentagon authorities, provided invaluable lessons for dealing with other large-scale emergencies in the future. Material used in this study was distilled from the enormous amount of information available from the more than 1,300 interviews, of which we found it possible to use only a representative portion, relying on the corroborative testimony of two or more witnesses wherever possible. The hundreds of oral history interviews cited in the study appear in a list included in the bibliography
A Community of Interests: NATO and the Military Assistance Program, 1948-1951 ( Book )
1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Contents: (1) Origins of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program; (2) Military Assistance and the Beginnings of the North Atlantic Treaty; (3) The Mutual Defense Assistance Act of 1949; (4) Administration of the MDAP, October 1949-January 1950; (5) The NATO Symbol in Transition, January-April 1950; (6) The NATO Symbol in Transition, April-June 1950; (7) Impact of the Korean War on NATO, June-September 1950; (8) From New York to Brussels, September-December 1950; (9) Toward Lisbon; and (10) The Military Assistance Program and NATO
 
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