Obama defunding the Pentagon's net assessment brains
Andy Marshall came to Washington in 1971. President Richard Nixon recruited him to start up an office in the White House to help think through how to handle the toughest, most complicated challenges of the Cold War.
Marshall didn't expect the gig to last long. He took an apartment at the Watergate and rented some furniture to go along with it.
Two years later, Marshall moved his shop to the Pentagon. The rechristened Office of Net Assessment became the Defense Department's center for long-range thinking about strategic challenges.