Synopses & Reviews
A Cross of Iron provides the fullest account yet of the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War. Michael J. Hogan traces the process of state-making through struggles to unify the armed forces, harness science to military purposes, mobilize military manpower, control the defense budget, and distribute the cost of defense across the economy. President Harry S. Truman and his successor were in the middle of a fundamental contest over the nation's political identity and postwar purpose, and their efforts determined the size and shape of the national security state that finally emerged.
Discusses the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. The National Security discourse: ideology, political culture, and statemaking; 2. Magna Charta: the National Security Act and the specter of the garrison state; 3. The high price of peace: guns and butter politics in the early Cold War; 4. The time tax: American political culture and the UMT debate; 5. âChaos and conflict and carnage confoundedâ: budget battles and defense reorganization; 6. Preparing for permanent war: economy, science, and secrecy in the National Security state; 7. Turning point: NSC-68, the Korean War, and the national security response; 8. Semiwar: the Korean War and rearmament; 9. The Iron Cross: solvency, security, and the Eisenhower transition; 10. Other voices: the public sphere and the National Security mentality; 11. Conclusion.