1. Record of Actions, 474th NSC Meeting, January 121

NSC Actions Nos. 2374–2380
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The President presided at this meeting. The Secretary of the Treasury and the Director, Bureau of the Budget, participated in the Council actions below. The Attorney General and the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, attended the meeting and participated in NSC Actions Nos. 2375, 2377 and 2378. The Administrator, Housing and Home Finance Agency, participated in NSC Action No. 2378. The Acting Director, U.S. Information Agency, attended the meeting.

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2374.

SCOPE OF OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY OF THE POLARIS PROGRAM

(Memo for Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from Secretary of Defense, same subject, dated January 10, 1961)

Noted and discussed the President’s approval at the recommendation of the Secretary of Defense that, as an exception to the general policy of the Department of Defense of not placing POLARIS missiles on cruisers, the POLARIS program be extended by the installation of 8 missiles on the nuclear-powered USS LONG BEACH, as indicated in the reference memorandum distributed at the meeting.

NOTE: The above action, as approved by the President, subsequently incorporated in the revision by the NSC Planning Board [Typeset Page 2]of NSC 6021 (circulated as NSC 6108, “Certain Aspects of Missile and Space Programs”).

2375.

CODIFICATION OF U.S. POLICY ON ARMS CONTROL AND U.S. POLICY ON NUCLEAR TESTING

(NSC 112; NSC 5906/1, paragraph 52; NSC Action No. 2215-c)

Noted the President’s request that the Secretaries of State and Defense, in collaboration as appropriate with the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, expedite the preparation of the subject codifications in an effort to complete them during the next week.

NOTE: The above action, as approved by the President, subsequently transmitted to the Secretaries of State and Defense and the Chairman, AEC, for appropriate implementation.

2376.

DISCLOSURE OF U.S. CLASSIFIED MILITARY INFORMATION TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

(NSC Action No. 2125-b)

Noted the President’s request that the Secretaries of State and Defense expedite the preparation of the statement of policy on the subject pursuant to NSC Action No. 2125-b in an effort to complete it during the next week.

NOTE: The above action, as approved by the President, subsequently transmitted to the Secretaries of State and Defense for appropriate implementation.

2377.

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES

(NSC Action No. 2367; Memo for NSC from Executive Secretary, same subject, dated January 9, 1961, SPECIAL LIMITED DISTRIBUTION ONLY)

a. Discussed the views of the Principals of the Joint Study Group regarding the Group’s report, as consolidated by the Director of Central Intelligence (transmitted by the reference memorandum of January 9, 1961); and took the following actions with regard to the recommendations of the Joint Study Group:

(1) Concurred in Recommendations Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 and 43.

[Here follow Actions 2378–80.]

  1. NSC Actions 2374–2377 on Polaris program, U.S. arms control/nuclear testing policy, disclosure of classified military information to foreign governments, and foreign intelligence activities. Top Secret. 2 pp. Department of State, S/SNSC (Miscellaneous) Files: Lot 66 D 95, Records of Action by National Security Council.