Created practically overnight, in the depths of World War II, men and women from all parts of American society created the most dynamic and unique organization in United States history: the Office of Strategic Services.
The National OSS Museum of American Intelligence and Special Operations will celebrate the historic accomplishments of the OSS, the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Special Operations Forces, and the intelligence community. It will educate the American public about the importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the preservation of freedom. It will link the past to the present by telling America’s greatest untold story.
“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)
“The concepts pioneered by General Donovan and the OSS continue to guide those in the contemporary intelligence and special operations fields.”
General David Petraeus, USA (Ret.) Director, CIA (2011-2012)