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United States. Office of Strategic Services

LC control no.n 80030466
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Corporate name headingUnited States. Office of Strategic Services
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Variant(s)O.S.S. (Office of Strategic Services)
OSS (Office of Strategic Services)
United States. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Office of Strategic Services
United States. Senryakukyoku
United States. Strategic Services, Office of
See alsoPredecessor: United States. Office of Coordinator of Information
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Successor: United States. War Department. Strategic Services Unit
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United States. Department of State. Interim Research and Intelligence Service
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Hierarchical superior: United States. Joint Chiefs of Staff
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Beginning date1942-06-13
Ending date1945
Found inBudgets for the military and departmental activities ...
Senryōgun chihō gyōsei shiryō, 1988: p. 507 (Senryakukyoku; Office of Strategic Services; OSS)
Disclosure, Aug. 2000: p. 3 (Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the World War II forerunner of the CIA)
Counterspy, 2004: CIP galley (in 1945 the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was replaced by the War Department's Strategic Services Unit (SSU); the SSU later became the CIA)
The Dirty Tricks Department, 2023: CIP galley (On June 13, 1942, President Roosevelt signed an order establishing the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the successor to the COI and the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency; One popular quip was that “OSS” stood for “Oh So Social"; The Special Operations Branch organized foreign resistance groups; The Foreign Information Service broadcast anti-Axis radio programs in Europe; The Secret Intelligence Branch sent spies abroad to report back on the locations of enemy troops, bridges, tunnels, searchlights, roadblocks, airfields, minefields, and coastal gun emplacements; The Morale Operations Branch “brewed a slow poison” of disinformation; The Research and Analysis Branch hired the brightest intellectuals--economists, historians, anthropologists, political scientists to evaluate information that came pouring in from OSS agents and contacts abroad; abolished in 1945)