NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
HISTORICAL LIST OF NSC MEETINGS WITH
As a public service, the National Security Council is making a
historical list available of National Security Council meetings from the Truman
through the Bush administrations. This supplements the Historical List of
Policy Documents previously made available. Chronological lists of the NSC
meetings are organized into separate series by presidential administration,
with agenda topics indicated for each meeting.
Meetings of the National Security Council involve the formulation and
discussion of national security policies and issues at the highest level of the
United States Government. Agenda topics provide insight into the major concerns
and issues of each presidential administration.
The meetings listed here involved the NSC's statutory members,
i.e., the President, Vice President, and the Secretaries of State and Defense.
Please note, however, that presidential administrations from Nixon through Bush
also utilized other interdepartmental working groups or committees to
facilitate the work of the NSC. Such groups as the Washington Special Action
Group in the Nixon and Ford administrations, the Policy Review Committee in the
Carter administration, the National Security Policy Group in the Reagan
administration, and the NSC Principals Committee in the Bush administration
also met periodically.
The frequency and format of NSC meetings varied for each administration.
Nonetheless, for each administration the date and agenda topics of each meeting
are included. For a few meetings, some of the agenda topics remain classified
and are omitted. In one meeting during the Bush administration, the entire
agenda remains classified and has a "Classified Subject" reference.
Copies of documents relating to the meetings, including agendas,
briefing papers, and minutes for most meetings, may be requested by contacting
the respective presidential libraries or the National Archives and Records
Administration. Presidential library email addresses:
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M. Nixon Presidential
Gerald R. Ford
Jimmy Carter Library;
Ronald Reagan Library;
George Bush Library
To view information about a specific NSC meeting just click on the
appropriate administration series title.
BUSH ADMINISTRATION (1989-1992)
REAGAN ADMINISTRATION (1981-1989)
CARTER ADMINISTRATION (1977-1981)
FORD ADMINISTRATION (1974-1977)
NIXON ADMINISTRATION (1969-1974)
JOHNSON ADMINISTRATION (1963-1969)
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION (1961-1963)
TRUMAN ADMINISTRATION (1947-1953)