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United States National Security Council
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The principal forum used by the President for considering national security and foreign policy matters and is part of the President's Executive Office. Since its inception under President Harry S. Truman, the function of the Council 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.

National Security Directives[edit]

Signed by the President but drawn up and issued through the National Security Council, most Presidential directives are typically issued for matters specifically regarding national security policy, sensitive matters of foreign policy or during negotiation of international commerce and trade agreements among the many other reasons where a restricted or classified order is more appropriate for use. Different presidential administrations have used various names for these security-related documents but they generally all fall under the current day classification of a Presidential Directive. Most Administrations since Nixon have divided the overall purpose or function of their Directives into two general types; reviews or studies regarding National Security matters and decisions or policies which outlines the Nation's security strategy that the Executive has determined is appropriate for the Nation to follow.
Table of Security Directive Names and Abbreviations
NSCID * National Security Council Intelligence Directives 1947-1977 Truman through Ford
NSAM National Security Action Memorandums 1961-1969 Kennedy and Johnson
NSSM National Security Study Memorandums 1969-1977 Nixon and Ford
NSDM National Security Decision Memorandums 1969-1977 Nixon and Ford
PRM Presidential Review Memorandums 1977-1981 Carter
PD Presidential Directives 1977-1981 Carter
NSSD National Security Study Directives 1981-1989 Reagan
NSDD National Security Decision Directives 1981-1989 Reagan
NSR National Security Reviews 1989-1993 Bush
NSD National Security Directives 1989-1993 Bush
PRD Presidential Review Directives 1993-2000 Clinton
PDD Presidential Decision Directives 1993-2000 Clinton
NSPD National Security Presidential Directives 2000-2008 GW Bush
HSPD Homeland Security Presidential Directives 2000-2008 GW Bush
PSD Presidential Study Directives 2009-20?? Obama
PPD Presidential Policy Directives 2009-20?? Obama
* A release number is frequently substituted for the 'ID'


Works[edit]

  • NSC-68 − United States Objectives and Programs for National Security (April 14, 1950)
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