Issues of National Security in the 1970's: Essays Presented to Colonel George A. Lincoln on His Sixtieth Birthday

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George A. Lincoln: Architect in National Security

LIEUTENANT COLONEL ROGER H. NYE

The United States Military Academy has rarely been accused of raiding sister schools for its professors. It has preferred to lure them from within the Army's far-flung fortresses and occasionally from inside the Pentagon. Never was this brand of professornapping more successful than just after World War II, when a number of distinguished senior officers were persuaded to leave the line of the Army to become officer- professors. George Arthur ("Abe") Lincoln was in the 1947 draft.

He was not easily shanghaied. He had grown accustomed to heavy responsibilities, had retained his Brigadier General's stars through the postwar cutbacks, and was poised for the command positions that were promised if he stayed in the line. But on September 1, 1947, he became Colonel G. A. Lincoln, Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy.

His Pentagon boss sent him a letter of farewell, which said, in part:

As you leave the War Department I must express my warm appreciation for the great contributions you have made to our

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