Forrestal and the Navy

Forrestal and the Navy

Forrestal and the Navy

Forrestal and the Navy

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This is an account of Forrestal during his years in the Navy Department. While it does not pretend to be a comprehensive history of naval administration in World War II, nor a biography of his life, it does, however, have much to say on both those subjects in the broad areas where they overlapped in such significant fashion. It emphasizes civilian-military relationships as a case study of an extraordinarily able civilian executive in a military department.

The authors believe that they have been in a unique position to contribute to such an account. For a dozen years, off and on, they observed naval administration and policy-making in many places and at many levels. They have known personally many of the civilians and officers most intimately concerned, including Forrestal himself. During the war and for a while afterwards, Albion served as Historian of Naval Administration in the Navy Department, with Connery, a reserve commander, as his deputy for part of that time. Forrestal himself later had Connery gathering and organizing material for his projected book on his Navy experience. Since then, both authors have made the most of opportunities to discuss the various facets of Forrestal's career with those who knew him best. Connery served on the staff of the Armed Services Task Force of the first Hoover Commission in 1948; and Albion was one of those selected to present the Navy's administrative experience before that group. Later, Connery served as consultant to the Secretary of Defense, returning in 1953 to the Navy Department for a brief period in the Secretary's office. Over a span of twenty years, Albion has lectured before various naval groups, including the Naval Finance and Supply School, the Naval Academy, and the National . . .

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