U.S. Department of Defense

 

Date of this Version

1953

Document Type

Article

Citation

History of the Intelligence, Security, and Safety Office

Office of the Chief of Ordnance

1 July 1951 – June 1953

Comments

Supplied by Bob Bolin

Abstract

This is a digital version of portions of four semiannual reports. The Intelligence, Security, and Safety Office had diverse responsibilities within the Office of the Chief of Ordnance within the Department of the Army. Those reports are in the National Archives, “Record Group 156: Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance…Histories of Staff and Operating offices and divisions of the Chief of Ordnance, 1946-1954, IS&S Office, “ Box C 8.

In the early 1990s, Robert Bolin copied the sections of those reports related to the Intelligence Branch within the Intelligence, Security, and Safety Office. This document is a digital version of the pages copied in the early 1990s.

During the 1950s, the Army technical services provided the Army with supplies, equipment, training, and services. The technical Services were bureaus within the Department of the Army. They included the Army Medical Services, the Chemical Corps, the Corps of Engineers, the Ordnance Corps, the Quartermaster Corps, and the Transportation Corps. The Chief of Ordinance was in charge of Ordnance Corps which supplied guns, ammunition, and armored fighting vehicles. The Office of the Chief Ordnance (OCO) was the headquarters of the Ordnance Corps in Washington, DC.

During the 1950s, the various parts of the US Army prepared annual summaries of major events and problems. Branches of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance prepared reports about their activities so that the OCO could prepare its summary report.

This is a collection of the sections of the reports about the Intelligence, Security, and Safety Office in the Office of the Chief of Ordnance. The Intelligence, Security, and Safety Office advised the Chief of Ordnance and exercised staff supervision over intelligence, security, and safety matters. The Intelligence Branch collected, produced, maintained, and disseminated technical intelligence on foreign ordnance and material and strategic intelligence in support of Ordnance Corps activities. Technical intelligence is intelligence about foreign weapons and equipment. The strategic intelligence produced concerned analogous organizations to the Ordnance Corps in foreign armies.