Truman Library, PSF–Subject file, “Atomic Energy—Expansion of the Fissionable”
Memorandum by the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (Lay) to the President
Pursuant to your authorization, each member of the Special Committee of the National Security Council on Atomic Energy has reviewed and restated his position regarding the Special Committee’s recommendation for the planned additional expansion of the atomic energy program, in the light of the request by Senator Maybank, of the Senate Appropriations Committee, as reported by Mr. Dean in his attached letter of May 8, 1952.1
The replies of each member of the Special Committee are enclosed herewith for your consideration.
Neither the request from Senator Burnet R. Maybank of South Carolina nor the letter from Gordon Dean, Chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, has been found in Department of State files. Senator Maybank was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Independent Offices.
In a letter of May 28, to Senator Maybank, President Truman stated that the NSC Special Committee on Atomic Energy had confirmed the necessity for the expansion program. The President’s letter concluded as follows: “I wish to urge upon you and your committee the importance to this Nation and the rest of the free world of undertaking this expansion program without delay.” For the full text of the letter, released by the White House on May 29, see Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman, 1952–53, pp. 384–385.↩
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- See the memorandum for the President, Jan. 17, p. 851.↩
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