Editorial Note

On January 20, 1950, George F. Kennan, Counselor of the Department of State, completed a 79-page memorandum on the international control of atomic energy. This study treated the interrelated problems of international control, the development of thermonuclear weapons, and national strategic plans. For extracts from the Kennan memorandum and written comments on it by several officers of the Department, see pages 22 ff.