299. Memorandum for the President of Discussion at the 18th Meeting of the National Security Council0

[Here follows discussion of agenda items 1–3 regarding Berlin, U.S. internal security and SANACC.]

4. Office of Special Projects (NSC 10/2)1

Mr. Souers reported on the action taken in implementation of NSC 10/2. He stated that the Department of State, with the concurrence of the Director of Central Intelligence, had nominated Mr. Frank G. Wisner for the position of Director of the Office of Special Projects. He also reported that, as provided in NSC 10/2, the Secretary of State had designated Mr. George F. Kennan as his representative for NSC 10/2 affairs and the Secretary of Defense had designated Colonel Ivan D. Yeaton both as his and the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s representative. Mr. Souers reported further that a method of operation has been agreed upon by the representatives of the Secretary of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of Central Intelligence with respect to the initial procedures of the Office of Special Projects.

The National Security Council: 2

a.
Approved the nomination by the Department of State, with the concurrence of the Director of Central Intelligence, of Mr. Frank G. Wisner as Director of the Office of Special Projects.
b.
Noted the designation of representatives of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff as provided in NSC 10/2.
c.
Noted that a method of operation has been agreed on by the representatives of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Director of Central Intelligence.

[Here follows discussion of agenda item 5 regarding Palestine.]

  1. Source: Truman Library, Papers of Harry S. Truman, President’s Secretary’s Files, Subject File. Top Secret. Prepared on August 20.
  2. Document 292.
  3. Paragraphs a–c constitute NSC Action No. 95. (National Archives and Records Administration, RG 273, Records of the National Security Council, Record of Actions, Box 55)