National Security Council (U.S.)

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The National Security Council (NSC) is the President's principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials. Since its inception under President Truman, the Council's function has been to advise and assist the President on national security and foreign policies. The Council also serves as the President's principal arm for coordinating these policies among various government agencies. The NSC is chaired by the President. Its regular attendees (both statutory and non-statutory) are the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the statutory military advisor to the Council, and the Director of National Intelligence is the intelligence advisor. The Chief of Staff to the President, Counsel to the President, and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy are invited to attend any NSC meeting. The Attorney General and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget are invited to attend meetings pertaining to their responsibilities. The heads of other executive departments and agencies, as well as other senior officials, are invited to attend meetings of the NSC when appropriate. The National Security Council was established by the National Security Act of 1947 (PL 235 - 61 Stat. 496; U.S.C. 402), amended by the National Security Act Amendments of 1949 (63 Stat. 579; 50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.). Later in 1949, as part of the Reorganization Plan, the Council was placed in the Executive Office of the President.
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referencedIn Jessup, Frederick Peterson, 1920-. Reminiscences of Frederick Peterson Jessup : oral history, 1972. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf The war in Vietnam: classified histories by the National Security Council, 1964-1968 (inclusive), [microform] Yale University Library
referencedIn Dillon Anderson papers, 1950-1969 Hoover Institution Archives.
referencedIn Alexander Meigs Haig Papers, 1962-1982, (bulk 1973-1982) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Anthony Lake Papers, 1916-2003, (bulk 1963-1997) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn William E. Odom Papers, 1918-1992, (bulk 1977-1988) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Anthony Lake Papers, 1916-2003, (bulk 1963-1997) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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referencedIn Richard V. Allen papers, 1948-1999 Hoover Institution Archives.
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creatorOf Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972. National Security Council files, 1947-1953. Harry S. Truman Library
creatorOf Press Kit Files, 2/16/2001 - 9/3/2007 George W. Bush Library
referencedIn Zbigniew Brzezinski Papers, 1798-2012, (bulk 1952-2011) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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referencedIn United States. White House Office. Office of the Special Assistant for National Security Affairs. Records, 1952-1961. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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creatorOf National Security Council (U.S.). Minutes of meetings of the National Security Council, with special advisory reports, 1947-1960 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
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Relation Name
associatedWith Allen, Richard V. person
associatedWith Anderson, Dillon, 1906-1974. person
associatedWith Beach, Edward L. (Edward Latimer), 1918-2002. person
associatedWith Behr, Robert McLean, 1921- person
associatedWith Brooks, Lawrence Graham, 1881-1981 person
associatedWith Brubeck, William H. person
associatedWith Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928- person
associatedWith Bundy, McGeorge. person
associatedWith Elliott, William Yandell, 1896- person
associatedWith Elliott, William Yandell, 1896-1979. person
associatedWith Gleason, S. Everett (Sarell Everett), 1905-1974. person
associatedWith Goodpaster, Andrew Jackson, 1915-2005. person
associatedWith Gray, Gordon, 1909-1982. person
associatedWith Haig, Alexander Meigs, 1924-2010. person
associatedWith Jessup, Frederick Peterson, 1920- person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. 1908-1973. person
associatedWith Kaysen, Carl. person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963. person
associatedWith Kesaris, Paul. person
associatedWith Komer, R. W. person
associatedWith Komer, R. W. person
associatedWith Lake, Anthony. person
associatedWith Lake, Anthony. person
associatedWith Lieberthal, Kenneth. person
associatedWith Maw, Carlyle E. person
correspondedWith Moldenhauer, Hans, collector. person
associatedWith Odom, William E. person
associatedWith Odom, William E. person
associatedWith Paterson, Thomas G. person
associatedWith Pipes, Richard. person
associatedWith Quandt, William B. person
hasMember Rice, Condoleezza, 1954- person
associatedWith Roddis, Louis H. (Louis Harry), 1918- person
associatedWith Roll, George Arthur, 1913- person
associatedWith Smith, Bromley K. person
associatedWith Stassen, Harold Edward, 1907-2001, person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972. person
associatedWith United States. Dept. of State. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. White House Office. Office of the Special Assistant for National Security Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith Weinberger, Caspar W. person
associatedWith Weinberger, Caspar W. person
associatedWith Wriggins, W. Howard (William Howard), 1918- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington City DC US
Subject
President--Archives
National security
National security--History--20th century
National security--History--Sources
Presidents--Staff
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Occupation
Function
Advising
Policy Staff
Government executives--United States
Government administration

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Establishment 1947

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