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From Hot War to ColdThe U.S. Navy and National Security Affairs, 1945–1955$
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Jeffrey G. Barlow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756662

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756662.001.0001

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The National Security act Achieved

The National Security act Achieved

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(p.74) Chapter 4 The National Security act Achieved
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From Hot War to Cold
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756662.003.0005

This chapter discusses the events leading up to the passage of the National Security Act of 1947. The Joint Chiefs of Staff Special Committee's report favoring defense unification spurred the Navy Department's efforts to maintain its independence. James Forrestal's subsequent fight to maintain the Navy's freedom of movement on the unification question during 1945 and early 1946, and his search for allies, both within the department and outside on Capitol Hill and in the larger public community, culminated in the passage of unification legislation that reflected many of the Navy's concerns about high-level organization for defense. Regarding matters of military defense, the National Security Act of 1947 was expected to remain a mere artifact without the active support of the service components that made up the new National Military Establishment.

Keywords:   military unification, Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Navy, James Forrestal

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