JFK+50: Volume 5, No. 1919TRUMAN RECEIVES NSC-68 ON COLD WAR POLICY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Sixty-six years ago today, April 14, 1950, President Harry S Truman received a long awaited report from the National Security Council on the topic of American cold war policy. The 58 page report, titled NSC-68, had been completed on April 7th.
Four months earlier, the President had requested a review of United States foreign policy by the council. The report was not made public, however, until declassified in 1975.
NSC-68 called on the government to pursue a policy of containment of communism. This policy, which marked the administrations of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan is known in history books as the Truman Doctrine.
The report advocated a large expansion of the military budget, development of the H-bomb and increased military aide to U.S. allies. President Truman hesitated its approval, however, because it lacked specificity and called for excessive spending. He sent the report back for revision and finally gave approval in 1951.
NSC-68 is described as "among the most influential documents composed by the U.S. government during the Cold War."
"NSC-68, 1950," Office of the Historian, www.history.state.gov/
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