73. National Security Council Report1
NOTE BY THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD THE SOVIET SATELLITES IN EASTERN EUROPE
- A. NSC 174
- B. NSC 5505/12
- C. NSC Action No. 1530–b
The enclosed draft statement of policy on the subject, prepared by the NSC Planning Board pursuant to NSC Action No. 1530–b, is transmitted herewith for consideration by the National Security Council at its meeting on Thursday, July 12, 1956.
A Staff Study on the subject is being prepared, and will be circulated for Council information in this connection, as an Annex to NSC 5608.3
The enclosed policy does not appear to involve any unusual expenditures over or beyond funds which have been appropriated for normal operating programs of the agencies involved. Accordingly, no Financial Appendix is enclosed.
The enclosed statement of policy, if adopted, is intended to supersede NSC 174.
It is recommended that, if the Council adopts the enclosed statement of policy, it be submitted to the President with the recommendation that he approve it, direct its implementation by all appropriate Executive departments and agencies of the U.S. Government, and designate the Operations Coordinating Board as the coordinating agency.
Source: Department of State, S/P–NSC Files: Lot 62 D 1, Soviet Satellites in Eastern Europe. Top Secret. At its 280th meeting on March 22, in NSC Action No. 1530, the NSC directed the Planning Board to revise NSC 174; see Document 50. For text of NSC 174, see Foreign Relations, 1952–1954, vol. VIII, p. 110.
A draft of NSC 5608 by Richard H. Davis of S/P, May 11, is in Department of State, S/P Files: Lot 66 D 487, R. Davis chron. Regarding the Planning Board revisions to NSC 5608, see Document 78. The NSC discussed NSC 5608 on July 12; see Document 79. It was approved as NSC 5608/1 on July 18; see Document 80.↩
- For text of NSC 5505/1, see vol. XXIV, p. 3.↩
- Document 76.↩
- Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.↩
- While many of the considerations set forth in this paper with respect to the Eastern European satellite area as a whole also apply to East Germany, the specific problems of East Germany and Berlin are treated respectively in a supplement to NSC 160/1, being prepared pursuant to Council action on June 15, 1956, and in NSC 5404/1. [Footnote in the source text. The NSC Action of June 15 was 1575–c; NSC 5404/1, “US. Policy on Berlin, January 25, 1954, is printed in Foreign Relations, 1952–1954, vol. VII, Part 2, p. 1390.]↩