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Poole, Walter S. 1943-

Overview
Works: 33 works in 48 publications in 1 language and 1,383 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Naval history 
Classifications: UA23.7, 967.73053
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Most widely held works by Walter S Poole
The Joint Chiefs of Staff and national policy, 1965-1968 by Walter S Poole ( )
4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This volume covers an unhappy period in US as well as JCS history. As the Vietnam War turned into a bloody stalemate, the strategy of "close-in" containment for the Far East proved to be unbearably costly. After the Six Day War of 1967, the Middle East became increasingly polarized between East and West. NATO had to cope with France's secession from the integrated command. Across a broad range of issues, the Joint Chiefs of Staff found themselves at odds with Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. They wanted to escalate sharply the air campaign against North Vietnam, preserve superiority in strategic nuclear capability, and restore a US-based reserve of conventional units being drained by Vietnam's demands. Many times, their recommendations were rejected by President Lyndon B. Johnson who accepted instead those of Secretary McNamara. Indeed, the sidelining of the Joint Chiefs of Staff emerges as the dominant theme of this volume"--Preface
The effort to save Somalia, August 1992-March 1994 by Walter S Poole ( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the war in Vietnam, 1971-1973 by Willard J Webb ( )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Joint Chiefs of Staff and national policy, 1961-1964 by Walter S Poole ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Joint Chiefs of Staff and national policy, 1957-1960 by Byron Fairchild ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The series, The Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Policy, treats the activities of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since the close of World War II. Because of the nature of the activities of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as the sensitivity of the sources, the volumes of the series were originally prepared in classified form. Classification designations, in the text and footnotes, are those that appeared in the original classified volume. Volume VII describes JCS activities during the period 1957-1960 except for activities related to Indochina which are covered in a separate series. Although only the names of its principal authors appear on the title page, the preparation of Volume VII was truly a collaborative effort. Originally written in the 1960s, the classified publication had thirteen chapters
Adapting to flexible response, 1960-1968 by Walter S Poole ( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
History of the Joint Chiefs of Staff : the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national policy by James F Schnabel ( Book )
4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Joint Chiefs of Staff and national policy, 1950-1952 by Walter S Poole ( Book )
3 editions published between 1979 and 1998 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Established during World War II to advise the President regarding the strategic direction of the armed forces of the United States, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) continued in existence after the war and, as military advisers and planners, have played a significant role in the development of national policy. Knowledge of JCS relations with the President, the National Security Council, and the Secretary of Defense in the years since World War II is essential to an understanding of their current work. An account of their activity in peacetime and during times of crisis provides moreover, an important series of chapters in the military history of the United States. For these reasons, the Joint Chiefs of Staff directed that an official history be written for the record. Its value for instructional purposes, for the orientation of officers newly assigned to the JCS organization, and as a source of information for staff studies will be readily recognized
The Joint Chiefs of Staff and national policy, 1969-1972 by Walter S Poole ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This volume covers a period in which President Richard M. Nixon sought to replace confrontation between the superpowers with deĢtente, leading to a generation of peace. The Joint Chiefs of Staff adjusted slowly and reluctantly to the changes in policy and strategy that President Nixon imposed, particularly as regards the Far East. They worried most about US conventional capabilities at a time when sizable forces were engaged in Southeast Asia and incidents or crises were occurring in Korea, South Asia, Cuba, and the Middle East. The Soviet Union, they believed, still harbored expansive ambitions and was gaining strategic advantages over the United States. From their perspective, the United States was barely holding its own in the Cold War. Because President Nixon narrowed the circle of decisionmakers, this volume focuses less on relations between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense than did previous volumes and more upon the interplay between Nixon and his Assistant for National Security Affairs, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Readers will note that the footnotes draw upon three primary sources: the Joint Master File (cited in footnotes as 'JMF') covering corporate JCS activities; the Chairman's file (cited as 'CJCS'); and the daily diary kept by Admiral Thomas H. Moorer. The last of these three sources often proved to be the most revealing"--Pref
The evolution of the joint strategic planning system, 1947-1989 by Walter S Poole ( Book )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The history of the Joint Chiefs of Staff : the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national policy. Vol 1 ; 1945-1947 ..., Vol 4 ; 1950-1952 ( Book )
1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
TheJoint Chiefs of Staff and national policy by Byron R Fairchild ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1950-1952 by Walter S Poole ( Book )
2 editions published between 1980 and 1998 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the prelude to the War in Vietnam, 1954-1959 by Willard J Webb ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Historical Division, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the predecessor of the present Joint History Office, produced the manuscript "The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the War in Vietnam, 1954-1959," in 1972 as a Top Secret document. Based largely upon then classified State Department and Defense Department records, the History consists of eight chronological chapters and an Appendix describing the formation and functioning of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO). The chronological chapters cover the growing relationship of the United States after the Geneva Treaty of 1954 with the new Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) under President Ngo Dinh Diem; Diem's defeat of the various independent sects and his dominance over the South Vietnamese military; the awkward relationship between the U.S. mission and the remaining French units in Vietnam; the continuing hostility between the two Vietnams; and the beginning of the "Viet Cong" insurrection in the later years of the study. After the manuscript was declassified with only a few deletions, Dr. David A. Armstrong, the Director for Joint History, asked Jack Shulimson to review and revise the declassified version for publication. After a preliminary review, Mr. Shulimson suggested that the text needed little revision except for some updating and occasional smoothing of transitions. Consequently, changes in the body of the text were largely confined to small inserts with most of the new information and updates presented in the footnotes, which have also been revised to indicate where formerly classified materials appear in collections such as the "Pentagon Papers" and the State Department series, "Foreign Relations of the United States."
The history of the Unified Command Plan, 1946-1993 by Ronald H Cole ( )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The History of the Unified Command Plan, 1946-1993, covers the formulation of the plan, modifications, and periodic revisions. This volume is a compilation of three separate histories which were originally classified. The section describing the development of the Unified Command Plan between 1946 and 1977 was written by Dr. Robert J. Watson, Mr. James F. Schnabel, and Mr. Willard J. Webb and first published in declassified form in the late 1980s. The section covering the period from 1977 to 1983 was written by Dr. Ronald H. Cole and published in a classified version in 1985. The section covering 1983 through 1993 and the overview were completed by Dr. Walter S. Poole in 1994 and appear for the first time. Ms. Penny Norman and Ms. Helga Echols typed the manuscript, and Ms. Norman prepared the volume for publication. This volume was reviewed for declassification by the appropriate US government departments and agencies and cleared for release. Although the text has been declassified, some of the cited sources remain classified. This volume is an official publication of the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but the views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Chairman or of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The history of the joint chiefs of staff : the joint chiefs of staff and national policy by Walter S Poole ( Book )
1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new look at the Cuban Missile Crisis by Colloquium on Contemporary History ( )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Effort to Save Somalia, August 1992-March 1994 ( )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
In shaping policy towards Somalia, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Vice Chairman, and the Joint Staff had to advise how US military forces could execute an evolving range of missions "other than war": humanitarian relief and suppression of banditry, followed by peace enforcement with international forces under United Nations (UN) command, all accompanied by a nation-building effort. The experience of the Vietnam War, where US military involvement deepened while political goals remained misty, shaped their thinking. From the beginning, these officers sought a definition of the political goals or "end-state in Somalia. Yet, despite their efforts, US objectives underwent repeated change. Press images of a massive famine provoked US intervention in Somalia. Severe drought destroyed local crops and famine resulted when marauding gangs seized food and blocked the distribution of relief supplies. Minimizing risks for US forces by confining them to ensuring the flow of aid also meant minimizing their role in political reconciliation and reconstruction. On the other hand, widening US military missions could further the attainment of political objectives but risked American casualties. Such losses eventually did turn public opinion against continued US involvement there
The History of the Unified Command Plan, 1946-1999 ( )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The History of the Unified Command Plan, 1946-1999, covers the formulation of the plan, modifications, and periodic revisions. This volume includes three separate histories that were originally classified and an update covering the period from 1994 to 1999. The section describing the development of the Unified Command Plan between 1946 and 1977 was written by Dr. Robert J. Watson, Mr. James F. Schnabel, and Mr. Willard J. Webb and first published in declassified form in the late 1980s. The section covering the period from 1977 to 1983 was written by Dr. Ronald H. Cole and published in a classified version in 1985. The section covering 1983 through 1993, the update covering 1993-1999, and the overview were completed by Dr. Walter S. Poole. Ms. Penny Norman prepared the volume for publication. This volume was reviewed for declassification by the appropriate US government departments and agencies and cleared for release. Although the text has been declassified, some of the cited sources remain classified. This volume is an official publication of the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but the views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Chairman or of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
History of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the War in Vietnam, 1971-1973 ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The series of five volumes titled "The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the War in Vietnam" covers the activities of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with regard to Vietnam from 1945 to the final withdrawal of U.S. military forces in early 1973. This volume, the 5th, describes the formulation of policies and decisions that completed the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam and shifted the burden of combat to the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF). Using the sources to which he had access, Willard J. Webb completed a manuscript soon after the war ended. Since that time, a critical source has become available. Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during 1970-1974, kept a dally diary describing his conversations, meetings he attended, and from April 1972 onward, verbatim transcripts of many of his telephone conversations. With this new material, Walter S. Poole substantially revised the chapters that covered the Laotian incursion of 1971, the Easter offensive of 1972, the Christmas bombings of Hanoi and Haiphong, and the Paris peace accords of January 1973. It has been argued that a new U.S. strategy, initiated during 1968-1969, reached a successful culmination in 1972 by showing that the South Vietnamese could stand on their own. The weight of evidence in JCS records--particularly the material in Admiral Moorer's diary--does not support that argument. For President Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and Admiral Moorer, the outcome of the 1971 Laotian incursion raised grave doubts about whether American efforts to "Vietnamize" the war would succeed. In May 1972, the collapse at Quang Tri convinced them that the RVNAF could not cope with the North Vietnamese attack and that American air power had become indispensable to the Saigon government's survival. Thereafter, the administration's actions can be characterized as attempts to insure that there would be at least a "decent interval" between the signing of peace accords and the dissolution of South Vietnam
 
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