By Michael J. Hogan
A move of Iron offers the fullest account but of the nationwide safety kingdom that emerged within the first decade of the chilly struggle. Michael J. Hogan strains the method of state-making via struggles to unify the military, harness technological know-how to army reasons, mobilize army manpower, keep an eye on the security funds, and distribute the price of safety around the economic climate. President Harry S. Truman and his successor have been in the midst of a basic contest over the nation's political id and postwar objective, and their efforts decided the dimensions and form of the nationwide protection nation that at last emerged.
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Extra info for A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945–1954
Agencies like the War Production Board and the Army-Navy Munitions Board worked, often in great friction, to mobilize economic resources for the war effort, while the Joint Chiefs of Staff, organized to expedite Anglo-American war planning, facilitated efforts by the War and Navy departments to collaborate at the strategic level. In addition, Admiral William D. Leahy, the old salt with a pince-nez who presided over the Joint Chiefs, acted as the president's military chief of staff and served in that capacity as a bridge between the armed forces and the White House.
If the emphasis on total organization for total war separated the Navy Department's thinking from that of the War Department, so did the emphasis on coordination rather than consolidation. In this case, moreover, both sides of the unification debate summoned arguments that ran deep in American political thought and culture. Drawing on the ideology of efficiency that had long been central to liberal visions of an administrative state, Marshall and his colleagues stressed the importance of economy, centralized direction, and strong leadership by professional managers.
In the background, too, was the new ideology of national security that American leaders brought to bear on the task of state making. Usually reduced to the notion of anticommunism or to the doctrine of containment, the new ideology also envisioned a prominent role for the United States in world affairs and included the conviction that national security in an age of total war required some elaboration of the state's authority to organize civilian and military resources behind a permanent program of peacetime military preparedness.
A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945–1954 by Michael J. Hogan