Book The soldier-statesman in the secret world : George C. Marshall and intelligence in war and peace / David Robarge.
Associated Name: Center for the Study of Intelligence (U.S.), issuing body.
Publication year: 2023.
Call Number UB251.U6 R63 2023
Media class: Book
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Center for the Study of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency
Extent: viii, 241 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
George C. Marshall, the Army's Chief of Staff during 1939-45 and Secretary of State and Defense during 1947-49 and 1950-51, respectively, is best known as the Allies' "organizer of victory" during World War II and steward of the namesake economic recovery program that helped stave off communist-incited instability in postwar Western Europe. Far less well-known is Marshall's extensive engagement with the world of intelligence during those years. In his Army leadership role in World War II, his diplomatic mission to China right after the war, and his service as head of the State and Defense Departments, he grappled with difficult issues concerning intelligence capabilities and authorities, security concerns, and political and bureaucratic conflicts that persist today in the US Intelligence Community. How he approached them can provide insights for current intelligence leaders and practitioners as they confront those historically enduring problems.
Managing wartime military intelligence -- Encouraging inter-service intelligence integration -- Mixed relations with Donovan and COI/OSS -- Marshall and the "special sources" -- Postmortems on intelligence failure at Pearl Harbor -- Intelligence and Marshall's views on the atomic bomb -- Bureaucratic tangles, liaison tensions, and collection problems in China -- At State: protecting departmental equities, dealing with covert action -- At Defense: establishing rules of the road with CIA -- Handling the "Second Red Scare" -- Marshall as an "organizer of intelligence."