By Andrew F. Krepinevich

Andrew Marshall is a Pentagon legend. For greater than 4 many years he has served as Director of the place of work of internet evaluate, the Pentagon’s inner imagine tank, less than twelve security secretaries and 8 administrations. but Marshall has been at the innovative of strategic pondering even longer than that. on the RAND company in the course of its golden age within the Fifties and early Nineteen Sixties, Marshall helped formulate bedrock recommendations people nuclear procedure that suffer to at the present time; later, on the Pentagon, he pioneered the improvement of “net assessment”—a new analytic framework for realizing the long term army festival among the USA and the Soviet Union. Following the chilly warfare, Marshall effectively used internet evaluation to count on rising disruptive shifts in army affairs, together with the revolution in precision battle and the increase of China as an enormous strategic rival of the United States.

In The final Warrior, Andrew Krepinevich and Barry Watts—both former contributors of Marshall’s staff—trace Marshall’s highbrow improvement from his upbringing in Detroit in the course of the nice melancholy to his many years in Washington as an influential behind-the-scenes consultant on American safeguard procedure. the result's a different insider’s standpoint at the adjustments in US process from the sunrise of the chilly battle to the current day.

Covering essentially the most pivotal episodes of the final half-century and peopled with a number of the era’s such a lot influential figures, The final Warrior tells Marshall’s tale for the 1st time, within the approach offering an unheard of historical past of the evolution of the yankee protection establishment.

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But once the Soviet Union had the bomb the handwriting was on the wall. It was increasingly evident that the strategic relationship between the USSR and the United States was rapidly evolving, and not in the United States’ favor. The 1952 Brodie-Hitch-Plesset RAND study of high-yield nuclear weapons had accurately foreseen both nations’ building up large arsenals of thermonuclear weapons. 44 This meant that thermonuclear warheads could be delivered by ballistic missiles against which there were no effective defenses.

Herbert Simon, a former student of Frank Knight’s, participated with them in some of the seminars. Marshall also became friends with a young woman, Selma Schweitzer, who was in several of his economics classes. At the time Schweitzer was dating a young scholar at Cowles, Kenneth Arrow. On various occasions Marshall and a fourth would join the Arrows, who married in 1947, to play bridge. Arrow, Friedman, and Koopmans would each go on to win the Nobel Prize in economics, as would Simon. While Marshall was pursuing his studies he earned a little extra money working a part-time job at the university’s Institute for Nuclear Studies, formed shortly after the war ended.

Crucially, Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty stated that its twelve founding members would consider an armed attack against one or more of them an attack against them all. indd 16 10/21/14 2:00 PM Early RAND Years 17 intentions, formidable power and the very nature of the Soviet system. S. ”5 Kennan had first articulated this diagnosis of the nature of the Soviet state in his famous “Long Telegram” from the US embassy in Moscow in February 1946. Although NSC 20/4 did not use the word containment, it is considered the initial formulation of the policy that would come to bear this name.

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