Army & Navy - INTELLIGENCE: Central Agency

With a single directive last week Harry Truman: 1) created a new agency in Washington; 2) put the U.S. in the business of international espionage; 3) ended, for a while at least, a bitter, home-grown feud.

His order created a National Intelligence Authority, charged with correlating, evaluating, coordinating all information that can be gathered about foreign powers. The bulk of the work of the director of NIA will be with vast, nonsecret facts about economies, populations, politics. But the U.S. is also going to join, after all these years, in the game...

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