S/S–NSC files, lot 66 D 148, “Solarium”
Memorandum by the President to the Secretary of State
- Project Solarium
I have asked the Commandant of The National War College, Lieutenant General H. A. Craig, USAF, to organize and administer the above-mentioned highly classified and urgent project for the National Security Council. The carrying out of this project will require the temporary services of some few specially selected officers, possibly from your Department or Agency, and the furnishing of some administrative or secretarial personnel and services. The project, which will formally commence about June 10, 1953, should be completed in about six weeks.
This is to request that you cooperate with General Craig by providing to him on temporary duty such officers and other personnel as he may request and any services he may require. Travel, per diem and other expenses connected with his requests should be borne by your Department.
I wish to emphasize the urgency involved and to request that the needs be met as expeditiously as possible and by the provision of highest quality personnel and services.
The Acting Secretary of State, General Smith; the Director for Central Intelligence, Mr. Dulles; and the Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Mr. Cutler; constitute a [Page 350]working committee of the National Security Council in connection with Project Solarium. At my request they are coordinating arrangements with General Craig.
- A notation on the source text indicates that Part I was drafted on May 18.↩
- The Alternatives A, B, and C under reference in this document are those outlined in the paper prepared by Cutler, p. 324.↩
- Kennan subsequently discussed his participation in the Solarium exercise in his Memoirs, 1950–1963 (Boston, 1972), pp. 181–182.↩
- A notation on the source text indicates that Part II was drafted on May 18.↩
- A notation on the source text indicates that Part III was drafted on May 18.↩
- Not printed.↩
- In a memorandum to the Secretary of State, dated May 22, Cutler noted the President’s approval of the list of personnel to comprise the Solarium task forces with the understanding that some of those chosen might be unable to serve necessitating replacements. He requested that the necessary administrative steps be taken to formally assign Department of State personnel to the project which was to commence at the National War College on June 5 and last for approximately 6 weeks. He stated that the project would “be carried on, under appropriate cover” with details to be arranged by Lt. Gen. H. A. Craig, USAF, Commandant of the National War College. (S/S–NSC files, lot 66 D 148, “Solarium”)↩