A History of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1942-1991

A History of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1942-1991

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Established during World War ii to advise the President on the strategic direction ofthe Armed Forces of the United States, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) continued inexistence after the war and, as military advisers and planners, have played a significantrole in the development of national policy. Knowledge of JCS relations with thePresident, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council is essential toan understanding of the current work of the Chairman and the Joint Staff. A historyof their activities, both in war and peacetime, also provides important insights intothe military history of the United States. For these reasons, the Joint Chiefs of Staffdirected that an official history of their activities be kept for the record. its value forinstructional purposes, for the orientation of officers newly assigned to the JCS organization,
and as a source of information for staff studies is self-apparent. "Council of War: A History of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1942-1991" follows in thetradition of volumes previously prepared by the Joint History Office dealing withJCS involvement in national policy, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Adopting a broader view than earlier volumes, it surveys the JCS role and contributionsfrom the early days of World War ii through the end of the Cold War. Written froma combination of primary and secondary sources, it is a fresh work of scholarship, looking at the problems of this era and their military implications. The main prismis that of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but in laying out the JCS perspective, it deals alsowith the wider impact of key decisions and the ensuing policies.
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  • Paperback | 599 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 33mm | 1,320g
  • United States
  • English
  • None, First ed.
  • 0160912237
  • 9780160912238

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June 2013

Selected as Library Journal's 2012 Notable Government Documents

Council of War: A History of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1942-1991. by Steven L. Reardon. National Defense Univ. for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of the Director, Joint History Office. 2012. 584p. illus. ISBN 9780160912238. SuDoc# D 5.2: H 62/5. GPO Stock# 008-020-01622-5. $70.This scholarly history traces the development of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) from its origins during World War II through the Cold War. It documents the JCS coordination of national strategic policy and the impact on defense and domestic policies in the period as the United States emerged as a superpower.http: //lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/06/publishing/notable-government-documents-of-2012/#_
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