Pearl Harbor Hearings

The Pearl Harbor Hearings took place from November 1945 through May 1946. They included 44 people, 5,000 printed pages, and 14,000 pages of printed exhibits. Their goal was to investigate the attack on Pearl Harbor and propose measures to prevent a similar unexpected military attack in the future. The committee recommended centralizing operational and intelligence work, which led to the the National Security Act of 1947. The act established the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and consolidated the military under the Department of Defense. 

More information on the hearings can be found here. Fully digitized transcripts of the hearings can be found here.

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