The National Security Act of 1947 (Public Law 80–235, 61 Stat. 496, 50 U.S.C. ch. 15) created the national security structure of the United States. It was signed on July 26, 1947, and affected the defense, intelligence, and executive activities of the government. The introduction notes that it is “An act to promote the national security by providing for a Secretary of Defense; for a National Military Establishment; for a Department of the Army, a Department of the Navy, and a Department of the Air Force; and for the coordination ...

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