14. Editorial Note

At the 239th meeting of the National Security Council on March 3, Robert Cutler led a discussion on NSC 5513, “Attack Warning Channels and Procedures for Civilians,” dated February 17. The Council debated various problems raised by NSC 5513, which had been prepared by an ad hoc committee chaired by Cutler, in light of the views submitted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and adopted an amended version which was circulated as NSC 5513/1 and approved by the President on March 5.

This report was referred for implementation to all appropriate agencies of the government under the coordination of a special committee of the National Security Council established for that purpose and composed of representatives of the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the Office of Defense Mobilization, the Federal Civil Defense Administrator, the Director of Central Intelligence, and the Chairman of the Interdepartmental Intelligence Conference. The committee was chaired by Commander Edward L. Beach, Naval Aide to the President. NSC 5513/1 is in Department of State,S/SNSC Files: Lot 63 D 351, NSC 5513 Series. The memorandum of discussion at the NSC meeting of March 3, is in the Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records.