Portal:United States National Security Council
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United States National Security Council
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
- 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.
|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|
|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'
- NSC-68 − United States Objectives and Programs for National Security (April 14, 1950)
- NSC 136: United States Policy Regarding the Present Situation in Iran (1952)
- NSC-144/1 (March 18, 1953)
- Notes on National Security Council Meeting, July 20, 1961
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