Defense and democracy can be made mutually compatible- but only if democratic carefully shapes his governmental institutions and policies to meet the real needs of a world in revolution."" -- This is the conclusion reached by this author in his expended plea for controlled change, shaped by intelligence and will and based on understanding of the challenges in organization that we face. The chief value of his book its cogent presentation of successive facets of agencies of defense. He glances ack, briefly, to the coordination of policy and military power, from 1900 on. He discusses the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the Defense Budget, Secret Intelligence -and the paradoxes it involves. In every aspect surveyed there is purpose- national survival and the survival of American democratic values and stitutions, in an atmosphere of Cold War and accelerating technology. He confesses a bias towards a voluntaristic rather than fatalistic theory of man and society, and pleads for public awareness and acceptance of self discipline. Successive crises from earl Harbor on have brought about changes in operational techniques. He quotes one itic as saying we are always preparing for the next reorganization while recovering from the last. He discusses too the pressures, external and internal, that complicate the processes of change, the Press not least among them. It is an informed and challenging book, which demands concentrated attention- and should be read more by critics of government than partisans!