Editorial Note

During the 88th Meeting of the National Security Council on April 11, NSC 104/2 was adopted without change by the Council together with the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, Treasury, and Commerce, the Acting Administrator for Economic Cooperation, the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, and the Director of Defense Mobilization. In addition, the NSC Senior Staff and the Special Committee on East-West Trade were complimented “for the manner in which the staff work had been done.” (NSC Record of Action 457, April 11; S/S–NSC (Miscellaneous) Files, Lot 66 D 95, Record of Actions–1951)

On April 12, President Truman approved NSC 104/2 pending action on the “Recommendations as to Organization” contained in Part II–b of NSC 104 in the light of the staff study currently being undertaken by the Director of the Bureau of the Budget. The President noted that paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in NSC 104/2 supersede current policy as stated in NSC 104/1. (Memorandum by Lay, April 12; S/S–NSC Files, Lot 63 D 351, NSC 104–Memoranda)