Folks, I will be adding a section that contains the COMPLETE set of all of John F. Kennedy's National Security Action Memoranda. In this way our members will be enabled to research these documents "in house" so to speak. This ease of access is intended to offer the student of Cold War History the ability to identify the forces--some with internal origins and some with external--that shaped the National Security Policies of the United States during the 35th President's Administration. This will be a time consuming endeavor, but I hope to have it completed before very long.
"The National Security Policy of the United States is defined by a series of very special, highly classified, documents. The name or general terminology associated with these types of documents changes from administration to administration, but they carry essentially the same weight. For Truman they were called National Security Council Intelligence Directives, for example. For Kennedy they were termed National Security Action Memoranda. The key idea in these documents--and the others with various names that were selected over the years--is the preservation of National Security. All of these are Presidential Directives, just like an Executive Order is...but the type designated for National Security carry special weight. They trump every other Presidential document." -- Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty, USAF, (Retired) *
* During the Kennedy Administration, Colonel Prouty was Chief of Special Operations in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff