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Telling America's Greatest Untold Story®


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The National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations will educate the American public about the importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the defense of the United States and the preservation of freedom. From the Revolutionary War to the present day, intelligence and special operations forces have served at the tip of the spear defending America. The spearhead symbol, which was first used by Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II, is the insignia for the National Clandestine Service and the U.S. Special Operations Command and inspired the museum's design. This common symbol links the past to the present by telling America's greatest untold story.

“The OSS is back.”

Admiral William McRaven, USN
Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

“CIA has never looked more like its direct ancestor, the OSS, than it does right now.”

General Michael Hayden, USAF (Ret.)
Director, CIA (2006-2009)
Director, NSA (1999-2005

Major General Donovan is widely recognized as the spiritual godfather of modern-day special operations.”

Admiral Eric T. Olson, USN (Ret.)
Commander, USSOCOM (2007-2011)




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