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The formative years 1947-1950

Author: Steven L Rearden; United States. Department of Defense. Historical Office.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1984.
Series: History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, v. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rearden, Steven L.
Formative years 1947-1950
(OCoLC)761065621
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven L Rearden; United States. Department of Defense. Historical Office.
OCLC Number: 11809991
Description: xi, 677 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 17 September 1947. From Hot War to Cold War ; The strategy of containment ; State of the armed forces ; The road to unification ; The National Security Act of 1947 --
The Unification Act on trial. The first Secretary of Defense ; The "unified" NME ; Progress and problems ; Changing of the guard ; Johnson takes command ; The 1949 Amendments --
The Office of the Secretary of Defense. Forrestal's staff ; Evolution of staff responsibilities ; Changes under Johnson ; Congressional liaison ; The public relations front ; Civil defense organization ; Joint and Special Committees --
The staff agencies. The Munitions Board ; The Research and Development Board ; Nonstatutory staff agencies ; The Military Liaison Committee --
OSD and the National Security structure. The National Secuity Council ; Relations with the State Department ; The National Security Resources Board ; The Joint Chiefs of Staff ; The intelligence community --
The challenge of communism: Greece, Turkey, and Italy. The struggle for Greece ; Aid to Turkey ; The communist threat to Italy --
Israel and the Arab States. The partition of Palestine ; The First Arab-Israeli War ; Aid to Palestinian refugees ; Arms shipments to the Middle East ; Middle East oil and security --
The crisis in China. Roots of American involvement ; The Wedemeyer Mission ; The China Aid Act ; Tsingtao: the last American bastion ; Waiting for the dust to settle ; The question of Formosa --
The spreading of turmoil in Asia. Japan under U.S. Occupation ; Divided Korea ; The emerging conflict in Southeast Asia --
The Berlin crisis. The "German question" ; The March war scare and its aftermath ; Soviet interference with access to Berlin ; Berlin under blockade ; Weighing the risk of war: armed convoys ; The spector of war reappears ; Ending the blockade and airlift ; Planning for a possible future blockade --
The military budget for fiscal year 1949: rearmament begins. FY 1949 estimates ; The Finletter Report ; The supplemental decision ; Development of the supplemental ; Ceiling limitations reimposed ; Congressional action on the regular military budget --
The military budget for fiscal year 1950: rearmament levels off. Budget policy and procedures ; Preparation of initial estimates ; The paring of estimates ; Forrestal's recommendations ; Congressional action on the 1950 budget --
The military budget for fiscal year 1951: rearmament aborted. Changes in the budget process ; The Eisenhower "Special" Budget ; Truman's decision to lower the ceiling ; Revision of estimates ; The budget in Congress --
Roles and missions of the armed forces. Roots of controversy ; The Key West Agreement ; The Newport Conference ; Escalation of the Strategic Bombing Controversy ; The Harmon Report and WSEG R-1 ; The Supercarrier--B-36 Controversy --
The atomic arsenal. The custody dispute ; Policy on use of atomic weapons ; Fission bomb production ; The H-bomb decision ; Acceleration of the H-bomb Program --
The North Atlantic Alliance. Movement toward an alliance ; Development of U.S. policy ; Expanding military collaboration ; The North Atlantic Treaty ; Alliance organization ; The beginnings of a strategic concept ; The Medium Term Defense Plan ; The May 1950 NAC meeting --
The Foreign Military Assistance Program. Clarifying U.S. policy ; Temporary solutions: June to December 1948 ; Development of program recommendations ; Program funding: fiscal year 1950 ; MDAP: the legislative base ; Administrative procedures ; Inaugurating the program ; Renewing the mandate: fiscal year 1951 --
Renewed pressure for rearmament: NSC 68. Origins and drafting of NSC 68 ; NSC 68: a summary of contents ; Reactions to the study --
Conclusion.
Series Title: History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, v. 1.
Responsibility: Steven L. Rearden.

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