19. National Security Council Report1
STUDY OF POSSIBLE HOSTILE SOVIET ACTIONS
Note by the Executive Secretary to the National Security Council
- A. NSC Action No. 1260–c
- B. NSC 5438
- C. NSC 5515
- D. NSC Action No. 13662
The National Security Council, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Acting Director, Bureau of the Budget, and Mr. J. Walter Yeagley for the Attorney General, at the 243rd Council meeting on March 31, 1955,3 noted the Study contained in NSC 5515, amended as set forth in NSC Action No. 1366–b, and enclosed herewith as NSC 5515/1.
Because of the sensitivity of the information therein, this Study is being given a limited distribution; it is requested that special security precautions be observed in its handling and that access to it be limited on a strict need-to-know basis.
- Source: Department of State, S/S–NSC Files: Lot 63 D 351, NSC 5515 Series. Top Secret.↩
- Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.↩
- This subcommittee was composed of representatives from four government agencies. The chairman, Jacob D. Beam, represented the Department of State. Colonel Weldon H. Smith, USAF, attended for the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Huntington Sheldon, Assistant Director for Current Intelligence, and his alternate, Dr. Ray S. Cline for the CIA; and Alan H. Belmont, Assistant Director, for the FBI. A copy of the subcommittee’s draft report, submitted to the National Security Council Planning Board on February 28, is in Department of State,PPS Files: Lot 66 D 70, S/P Record Copies Jan.–May, 1955.↩
- The term “attack” as used in this study refers to offensive action undertaken for the purpose of destroying or overwhelming a strategic objective. An “attack” is distinct from a skirmish or armed reconnaissance. [Footnote in the source text.]↩