84. Editorial Note
On August 6, Executive Secretary Lay transmitted to the National Security Council Sections D and F–J of NSC 5609, “Trends in National Security Programs and the Fiscal and Budgetary Outlook Through Fiscal Year 1959,” along with a table of contents and a complete set of tabs. This set of documents included estimated 3-year projections of national security programs through fiscal year 1959, and were prepared by the responsible departments and agencies in response to President Eisenhower’s directive as noted in Lay’s June 13 memorandum to the National Security Council (see footnote 14, Document 82). The copy of NSC 5609 in Department of State, S/S–NSC Files: Lot 63 D 351, NSC 5609 Series, also includes Section A, dated August 14, which was the report by the Treasury Department and the Bureau of the Budget on “The Fiscal and Budgetary Outlook Through Fiscal Year 1959,” and Section C, dated August 7, which was the Department of Defense report on “Trends in National Security Programs Through Fiscal Year 1959.”
Section E of NSC 5609, a report dated August 6 from the Atomic Energy Commission, estimated a projection of the atomic energy program for the next 3 years through fiscal year 1959. A copy of this report is Ibid., S/S–RD Files, Lot 71 D 171. Section B, the Department of Defense report on “The Military Program,” was presented orally at the 294th NSC meeting on August 17 in the form of 31 charts; see Document 87.