Published for the Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense by National Defense University Press.
Title from title screen (viewed December 18, 2015).
Includes bibliographical references (pages 33-40).
Louis Johnson in command -- NATO and the Military Assistance Program -- New threats : the Soviet atomic test and China's communist revolution -- NSC 68 -- Implementing NSC 68 : the Korean War and German rearmament -- The changing of the guard -- The Marshall-Lovett legacy -- Conclusion.
Examines the last four years of the Truman administration and a succession of Secretaries of Defense who served during the Korean War: Louis Johnson, George Marshall, and Robert Lovett. These three Secretaries took divergent approaches to meeting their mandate from President Truman in an era of increasing foreign policy and national security challenges.