S/S–NSC files, lot 63 D 351, NSC 126 Series
Report to the National Security Council by the Psychological Strategy Board1
Note by the Executive Secretary to the National Security Council on Public Statements With Respect to Certain American Weapons
At the direction of the President, the Council and the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, in 1950 took under consideration the general problem of weapons information, including atomic weapons, in order to make appropriate recommendations to the President on the subject. Subsequently the President on December 5, 1950 issued a directive on “Public Discussion of Foreign and Military Policy” which is attached hereto.2 The NSC Staff kept the problem under continuing review and on November 21, 1951 the Senior NSC Staff agreed that the matter should be referred to the Psychological Strategy Board for appropriate action.
The enclosed memorandum on the subject by the Director, Psychological Strategy Board, is transmitted herewith for consideration by the Council, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of Defense Mobilization, the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and the Federal Civil Defense Administrator of the recommendations contained in paragraph 4 a thereof as approved by the Psychological Strategy Board, including the Atomic Energy Commission and the Federal Civil Defense Administrator.
It is recommended that, if the Council, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of Defense Mobilization, the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and the Federal Civil Defense Administrator concur in this recommendation, the Psychological Strategy Board’s enclosed memorandum on the subject be submitted to the President with the recommendation that he approve its transmittal to all appropriate executive departments and agencies of the U.S. [Page 870] Government together with a Presidential directive along the lines of the draft directive enclosed.3
- Copies to the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of Defense Mobilization, the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, and the Federal Civil Defense Administrator.↩
- The directive, not printed, specified that all statements on foreign policy be cleared in advance by the Department of State, that all statements on military policy be cleared in advance with the Department of Defense, and that advance copies of statements on either subject be submitted to the White House for information.↩
- By memorandum action of Mar. 27, the Council and the reference agency heads concurred in the recommendation. In a memorandum of the following day, Lay informed the Council and the agency heads that “the President has this date approved the recommendation of the Psychological Strategy Board contained in paragraph 4–a of the reference report on the subject, and has referred the report to the Press Secretary to the President to arrange for the issuance of a Presidential directive to appropriate departments and agencies of the U.S. Government along the lines of the draft directive contained therein.” (S/S–NSC files, lot 63 D 351, NSC 126 Series)↩
- Not printed.↩