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The Nuclear SpiesAmerica's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin$
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Vince Houghton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501739590

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501739590.001.0001

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Making Something out of Nothing

Making Something out of Nothing

The Creation of U.S. Nuclear Intelligence

(p.30) 2 Making Something out of Nothing
The Nuclear Spies

Vince Houghton

Cornell University Press

The second chapter discusses the creation of America’s atomic intelligence organization under the direction of Brigadier General Leslie Groves. At first, American scientists believed they could keep track of German atomic research developments on their own, and without the assistance of intelligence professionals. When this proved to be incorrect, and it became clear that the existing intelligence agencies (the Office of Strategic Services, the Office of Navy Intelligence, and Army Intelligence) also did not have the scientific capabilities for an effective atomic intelligence program, Leslie Groves was asked to intervene. Immediately upon taking command, Groves moved to consolidate and centralize his control over all aspects of atomic intelligence.

Keywords:   atomic intelligence, Leslie Groves, atomic scientists, Office of Strategic Services, Office of Naval Intelligence, Army Intelligence

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