- Title Pages
- A Note on Transliteration
- Chapter 1 Wartime Organizational Changes in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations<sup>1</sup>
- Chapter 2 Initial Challenges: Postwar and Demobilization Planning
- Chapter 3 The Navy and Unification
- Chapter 4 The National Security act Achieved
- Chapter 5 Preparing for a New Enemy
- Chapter 6 War Ends in the Pacific
- Chapter 7 Troubles Emerge in Postwar China, 1945–1946
- Chapter 8 Assessing and Responding to the Soviet Naval Threat
- Chapter 9 Adjusting to the National Military Establishment
- Chapter 10 Living in “Interesting Times”<sup>1</sup>
- Chapter 11 Slugging It Out on Capitol Hill
- Chapter 12 Events in the Western Pacific
- Chapter 13 Troubles on the Korean Peninsula
- Chapter 14 Deciding to Fight
- Chapter 15 Defending NATO Europe: Planning During the Initial Stages
- Chapter 16 The Eisenhower National Security Structure
- Chapter 17 Rethinking National Strategy
- Chapter 18 Coping with the New Look
- Chapter 19 A Crisis Abroad and a CNO's Departure
- Primary Sources
- Secondary Sources
Deciding to Fight
Deciding to Fight
- (p.280) Chapter 14 Deciding to Fight
- From Hot War to Cold
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This chapter focuses on the Truman administration's decision to counter North Korea's invasion of the South by inserting U.S. forces into combat on the Korean peninsula. The decision flew in the face of administration actions that not only had limited the geographic scope of American interests in Asia but also were reducing the ability of the U.S. military to respond to such crises. It thus is not surprising that President Truman's choice to react with military force in Korea engendered profound and lasting changes in America's Cold War strategy.
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