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Memorandum by the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (Lay) to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense (Johnson), and the Chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission (Dean)


The President has directed the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission to prepare a study of the scale and effort required to increase production of fissionable material during the immediate future and its relation to requirements for facilities and manpower, giving due consideration to (1) degree of mobilization under current directives, and (2) full concurrent national mobilization. The objective of the study should be to provide a yardstick showing cost (in facilities and manpower as well as dollars) of incremental increases in the production of fissionable material and to the extent practicable, the impact of such costs on other national defense programs.2

The President has further directed that this study when completed be considered by the special committee of the NSC consisting of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, for the purpose of making any appropriate recommendations to the President.

James S. Lay, Jr.
  1. Files retained by the Bureau of International Scientific and Technological Affairs, Department of State.
  2. The preparation of the study requested by the President is described in Hewlett and Duncan, pp. 525–529.