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Today In History- August 10

US President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act Amendment.

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President Truman approves National Security additions.

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Following the continued buildup of military reliability in the U.S., on August 10, 1949, President Truman signed an amendment to the National Security Act.  The original act, passed in 1947, stipulated the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency, a branch of the government still in operation today.  With the merger of the Department of War and the Department of the Navy into the National Military Establishment, there was the need for the Secretary of Defense to ensure the subordination of the other officers to himself.  This was an influential accomplishment for the Truman administration, and its plans for more strict Cold War policy.

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