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Secretary of War, Secretary of (snort) Defense, Secretary of Peace.
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From the time of the Articles of Confederation, we had a Secretary of War.

Then, we began our looooong descent into irreparably bat shit crazy, not during the Administration of a Republican, either, although a Republican did sponsor the initial bill.

National Security Act of 1947

Long title 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, a Department of the Air Force; and for the coordination of the activities of the National Military Establishment with other departments and agencies of the Government concerned with the national security.
Enacted by the 80th United States Congress
Effective July 26, 1947
Public Law 80-253
Stat. 61 Stat. 495
Title(s) amended 50 U.S.C.: War and National Defense
U.S.C. sections created Chapter 15, 401
Legislative history

Introduced in the Senate as S. 758 by John Gurney (RSD) on March 3, 1947
Signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on July 26, 1947

The National Security Act of 1947 The majority of the provisions of the Act took effect on September 18, 1947, the day after the Senate confirmed James Forrestal as the first Secretary of Defense.<1> His power was extremely limited and it was difficult for him to exercise the authority to make his office effective. This was later changed in the amendment to the act in 1949, creating what was to be the Department of Defense.<2>

The Act merged the Department of War and the Department of the Navy into the National Military Establishment, headed by the Secretary of Defense. It was also responsible for the creation of a Department of the Air Force which made the Army Air Forces into its own service. Initially, each of the three service secretaries maintained quasi-cabinet status, but the act was amended on August 10, 1949, to assure their subordination to the Secretary of Defense. At the same time, the NME was renamed as the Department of Defense. The purpose was to unify the Army, Navy, and what was soon to become the Air Force into a federated structure.<3>

Aside from the military reorganization, the act established the National Security Council, a central place of coordination for national security policy in the executive branch, and the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S.'s first peacetime intelligence agency. The function of the council was to advise the president on domestic, foreign, and military policies so that they may cooperate more tightly and efficiently. Departments in the government were encouraged to voice their opinions to the council in order to make a more sound decision.<3>

The Joint Chiefs of Staff was officially established under Title II, Section 211 of the original National Security Act of 1947 before Sections 209214 of Title II were repealed by the law enacting Title 10<4> and Title 32,<5> United States Code (Act of August 10, 1956, 70A Stat. 676) to replace them.

The act and its changes, along with the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, were major components of the Truman administration's Cold War strategy.

The bill signing took place aboard Truman's VC-54C presidential aircraft Sacred Cow, the first aircraft used for the role of Air Force One.<6>

Now, at long last, we have a Secretary of Peace, albeit only in a "shadow" cabinet, Secretary David Swanson. He has issued a statement on the impending {overt} attack by the U.S. on Syria. I honestly don't know what to think about Syria, but I thought someone might be interested in knowing what the Secretary of Peace has to say about it.
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