For the first time in its history, the State Department prepared to plan, instead of improvise, foreign policy. Secretary of State George Marshall brought the Department abreast of America's new diplomatic needs by creating a "policy planning staff."

Composed of 16 men who have specialized in political and economic service, the new staff will formulate worldwide, long-range foreign policy for the U.S., testing that policy against estimates of the international situation projected from 10 to 25 years into the future. The policy planning staff will be to diplomacy what the Army &...

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