147. Editorial Note

The final NSC Standing Group meeting on record during the Johnson Presidency was held on April 30, 1964, to discuss Israeli requests for U.S. tanks. (Memorandum for the Record, April 30, 1964; National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, S/S-NSC Files: Lot 70 D 265, NSC Standing Group) The Standing Group was established by President Kennedy to deal with planning and operations problems and met approximately 31 times during his Presidency. It was convened six times between December 1963 and April 1964. Documentation on Standing Group meetings is ibid. At the Johnson Library a small amount of material is contained in the National Security File, Agency File, NSC Standing Group. Additional information on the Standing Group can be found in Bromley K. Smith, Organizational History of the National Security Council during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations (Washington: National Security Council, 1988), pages 51–53.