Memorandum by the Tinder Secretary of State ( Webb ) to the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council ( Lay )2
Subject: First Progress Report on NSC 40/1,3 “The Position of the United States With Respect to United States and North Atlantic Security Interests in Iceland.”
NSC 40/1 was approved as Governmental policy on August 5, 1949. It is requested that this Progress Report dated March 15, 1950 be circulated to the members of the Council for their information.
The Department of State has drawn up and forwarded to appropriate implementing agencies both here and in the field a program designed to decrease the vulnerability of the Icelandic Government to Communist seizure of power. A copy of this program is attached. It is too early to assess the results of this program.
The planning by the Department of Defense is now in advanced stages. When it is completed there will be appropriate consultation between the Departments of State and Defense on the subject of arrangements for rapid implementation of these plans.
The need, adequacy and timeliness of the policy set forth in NSC 40/1 have not changed materially since it was approved, but the conclusion of the North Atlantic Pact has improved the situation.
- Lot 63 D 351 is a serial master file of National Security Council documents and correspondence and related Department of State memoranda for the years 1947–1961, as maintained by the Executive Secretariat of the Department of State.↩
- Circulated with a cover sheet, dated May 2, not printed, entitled “National Security Council Progress Report by the Under Secretary of State on the Implementation of the Position of the United States With Respect to United States and North Atlantic Security Interests in Iceland (NSC 40/1).”↩
- For text of NSC 40/1, see Foreign Relations, 1949, vol. iv, p. 313.↩
- Edward B. Lawson.↩
- Bjarni Benediktsson.↩
- Paul G. Hoffman.↩
- John J. McCloy.↩
- Edward W. Barrett.↩