Memorandum by the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (Lay)
- The Secretary of State
- The Secretary of Defense
- The Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission
Subject: Development of Thermonuclear Weapons
At the direction of the President the enclosed letter from the Secretary of Defense on the subject is referred herewith to the above Special Committee of the National Security Council for submission to the President of advice regarding the recommendation contained in the last paragraph thereof.
In accordance with the Committee’s normal procedure, representatives of each of the members have initiated the urgent preparation of a staff study of this proposed program, with particular reference to its feasibility, for consideration by the Committee as a basis for its advice to the President.
- No record of a Truman–Johnson conversation on this subject has been found in the files of the Department of State. The developments referred to by Secretary Johnson related to the Fuchs case. Further information on the origins of this communication appears in Hewlett and Duncan, pp. 415–416.↩