Chapter 5. AFSA, the CONSIDO Plan, and the Korean War, 1949-1952

From its inception, AFSA faced pressures to restructure it, to weaken its authority, or to abolish it altogether. Almost immediately after AFSA was created, the Army proposed the creation of a new military intelligence agency to be known as the Consolidated Special Information Dissemination Office (CONSIDO). It would control U.S. COMINT requirements and the dissemination of all COMINT. The draft proposal provided for exclusive military control over the U.S. COMINT effort. It quickly drew bitter opposition from the civilian agencies: CIA, the State Department, and the FBI. No sooner had the CONSIDO proposal been rejected than the Korean War broke out and AFSA again found itself ...

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