S/S–NSC Files, Lot 66 D 148
Memorandum for the National Security Council by the Executive Secretary (Lay)
Subject: Defense Production Policy
References: A. NSC Action
B. Memo for NSC from Acting Executive Secretary, same subject, dated February 1, 1951
The enclosed document on the subject, transmitted by the Office of Defense Mobilization, is submitted herewith for consideration by the National Security Council at its meeting on February 21, 1951, concurrently with the previously circulated statement by the Director of Defense Mobilization (Reference B).
The Office of Defense Mobilization recommends that the Council concur in the statement of defense production policy attached to the reference memorandum of February 1, subject to the amendments [Page 51] thereto proposed by the Department of Defense in subparagraphs a and b on page 1 of the enclosed document.2
- NSC Action No. 435 recorded the fact that the National Security Council had, at its 82d Meeting, February 1, taken note of the statement by the Director of Defense Mobilization of that date (ODM Doc. 4, p. 40). (NSC Action No. 435: S/S–NSC (Miscellaneous) Files, Lot 66 D 95)↩
NSC Action No. 442, which records the action taken on this matter by the Council at its 84th Meeting, February 21, reads as follows:
- “Defense production policy
- (Memos for NSC from
Executive Secretary, same subject, dated February 1 and 20,
- “a. Discussed the statement by the Director of Defense Mobilization on the subject, attached to the reference memorandum of February 1, in the light of the comments with respect thereto in the enclosure to the reference memorandum of February 20.
- “b. Generally concurred in the defense production program as outlined by the Director of Defense Mobilization.
- “Note: The Secretary of Commerce, the Economic Cooperation Administrator, the Director, Bureau of the Budget and the Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers participated in the above actions by the Council, the Acting Secretary of the Treasury and the Director of Defense Mobilization.” (NSC Action No. 442: S/S–NSC (Miscellaneous) Files, Lot 66 D 95)
- The Defense Mobilization Board, established by Executive Order 10200 of January 3, 1951, was charged with the coordination of policies and activities of the principal departments and agencies participating in the defense program. Its membership included the Director of Defense Mobilization; the Secretaries of State, Defense, Treasury, Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, and Labor; the Administrator of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation; the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; the Chairman of the National Security Resources Board; the Administrator of the Economic Stabilization Agency; and the Administrator of the Defense Production Administration.↩
- Maj. Gen. William H. Harrison, Administrator, National Production Authority.↩
- For text of the President’s Annual Economic Report to Congress, January 12, 1951, see Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman, 1951, pp. 27–47.↩
- For text of the President’s Radio and Television Report to the American People on the National Emergency, December 15, 1950, see ibid., 1950, pp. 741–746. For text of Proclamation 2914: Proclaiming the Existence of a National Emergency, December 16, 1950, see ibid., pp. 746–747. For related documentation, see Foreign Relations, 1950, vol. i, pp. 126 ff.↩
- The Defense Production Act of 1950 (64 Stat. 798), approved by the President on September 8, 1950.↩
- Charles E. Wilson served as Executive Vice Chairman of the War Production Board, 1942–1944.↩
- Charles F. Brannan.↩
- W. Elmer Harber, Chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.↩