"It is neither possible nor desirable for our purposes this morning to get into the details either of legislation or the functioning of specific agencies, however important. You will have individual lectures on some of the agencies later. I shall place emphasis on the substance, rather than on the skeletal framework, of the changes in organizational arrangements...Let me begin by saying that not since the Federal Government was established back in 1789 have more far-reaching changes, both organizationally and policywise, been made in the security system of this country than since 1947. Note that I speak here not of national defense, not of the Military Establishment, but of the national security system...I shall organize my remarks around some four major headings, as shown on the easel card here: Organization for National Security Since 1945: 1) The new international position of the United States. 2) Organization for national security before 1939. 3) The National Security Act of 1947. 4) Changes in the security structure since 1947."
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