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

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12. Security Decisions and Military Technology

JAMES ELIOT CROSS

It is almost a national article of faith for the American people that government offices are stolid and woefully old-fashioned. Those who have served in the government are equally convinced that all its offices are in a perpetual state of review and reorganization. It is, therefore, reassuring that one of the government's most complex and critically important decisionmaking tasks is performed by an office that is too young to have grown old-fashioned and that has enjoyed relative stability since its birth.


Defense Research and Engineering

The Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering was established in 1958. Since then, it has managed the vexingly complicated business of planning, developing, and, in large measure, selecting or at least setting the stage for the selection of the weapons systems that make up the nation's arsenal.

The introduction of the new office into the almost Byzantine structure of authority and prerogative under which the technical tasks of the armed services were handled was hotly,

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