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Memorandum for General Miles, G-2
May 14, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Please look into the question of submitting a periodic summary of the lessons being learned from abroad, tactical, technical, organizational, etc.1 At the present time, this subject, it seems to me, is somewhat submerged under the general presentations of what is going on.
Also, please consider the matter of maintaining a current estimate of predicted activity, in the Caribbean area, Latin and South American area, Alaskan region, and the Far East.
Also, please consider the organization of your section from the viewpoint of present groupings. I am not intimately familiar with your set-up, but have the impression that you have British, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese compartments. If this is so, do you think there would be an advantage in collecting these desks, or officers, into “power groupings”, as it were. This might not be an efficient arrangement, but it occurred to me that for the purposes of current estimates, etc., it might be an effective one.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. The first issue of the Tentative Lessons Bulletin was dated May 22; it concerned German tanks, weapons, and tactics. In all, 170 bulletins had been issued by November 1941. They are in NA/ RG 165 (OCS, G-2, Publications File); information concerning them is in NA/ RG 319-2, 461[5-22-40] and [10-11-40]).
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 213.