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National Security Council and National Security Planning Group Meetings

December 21, 2013

*Updated March 15, 2014

by Jason Saltoun-Ebin

On this page you will find a list of all the National Security Council and National Security Planning Group meetings held during the Reagan administration. This list is based on the list kept by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. If a document is highlighted it contains a link to the official meeting minutes for that particular meeting. Many of these documents were released, declassified, or further declassified as a result of Freedom of Information Act requests or Mandatory Declassification Review requests I filed at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Most of these documents were used in the “The Reagan Files: The Untold Story of Reagan’s Top-Secret Efforts to Win the Cold War” and in “The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.” New documents used in the second edition of “The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council” (2014) will be put online in 2015.

See “The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council" for citation information.


1981

Feb. 6, 1981: NSC 1: Caribbean Basin; Poland

My own feeling – and one which I have talked at length – is that we are way behind, perhaps decades, in establishing good relations with the two Americas. 

“We must change the attitude of our diplomatic corps so that we don’t bring down governments in the name of human rights. None of them is as guilty of human rights violations as are Cuba and the USSR. We don’t throw out our friends just because they can’t pass the ‘saliva test’ on human rights. I want to see that stopped. We need people who recognize that philosophy. 

“In Angola, for example, Savimbi holds a large chunk of Angolan territory. With some aid, he could reverse the situation. We should also reestablish relations with countries like Chile who have made substantial progress – and stop worrying about Allende’s fate.” 

“For too many years we have been telling adversaries what we can’t do. It’s time we make them start wondering what we will do.” 

“We can’t afford a defeat. El Salvador it’s the place for a victory.

Feb. 11, 1981: NSC 2: Central America

If the Junta falls in El Salvador, it will be seen as an American defeat. We must not let Central America become another Cuba on the mainland. It cannot happen.

Feb. 18, 1981: NSC 3: Caribbean Basin, Poland, F-15 Aircraft, Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, Nicaragua

Today’s minutes have been recently declassified and are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.

Click here to download a  declassified Department of State paper on El Salvador which contains an analysis of War Powers and MTT for El Salvador.

Feb. 27, 1981: NSC 4: El Salvador; The Caribbean Basin, Poland, F-15 Enhancement Package

(Minutes are still classified. The link above is to the summary of conclusions released on April 13th, 2009. In 2010, the Reagan Library released background papers related to the sale of AWACS to Saudi Arabia which can be accessed by clicking here: 

1981 documents related to sale of AWACS to Saudi Arabia. 

March 4, 1981: NSPG 1: (Unknown)

March 9, 1981: NSPG 2: (Unknown)

March 19, 1981:  NSC 5: Sinai Peacekeeping Force; Pakistan

March 24, 1981: NSPG 3: 

Southern Africa, Nicaragua, Embassy Security

March 26, 1981: NSC 6: 

Poland, Nicaragua/Central America, Southern Africa

March 26, 1981: NSPG 4: (Unknown)

April 1, 1981: NSC 7: Haig Trip to the Middle East and Europe, Saudi AWACS, and Nicaragua

(The meeting minutes for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

April 3, 1981: NSPG 5 & 6: (Unknown)

April 7, 1981: NSPG 7: (Unknown)

April 24, 1981:NSPG 8: (Unknown)

April 30, 1981: NSC 8: 

Theater Nuclear Forces – Negotiations Timing

May 11, 1981:NSPG 9: (Unknown)

May 14, 1981: NSPG 10: (Unknown)

May 15, 1981: NSPG 11: Libya, Caribbean Basin Initiative

May 22, 1981: NSC 9: US-USSR Standing Consultative Commission; The Caribbean Basin

Why should we preserve the illusion of SALT if we are going to slide around and do what we accuse the Soviets of doing (violating it).

May 28, 1981:NSC 10: Sinai Multinational Peacekeeping Force and Observers, China, Caribbean Basin, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks

June 1, 1981:NSC 11: Conventional Arms Transfer, Libya

(A list of decisions made at this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

June 3, 1981: NSPG 12: Sudan, Mauritius

June 4, 1981:NSC 12: Caribbean Basin, Conventional Arms Transfer of F-16 Aircraft to Venezuela and Libya, Foreign Military Sales

(A list of decisions made at this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

(June 5, 1981: "Leaks". Memo from Casey to Reagan suggesting that if leaks do not stop, the President should restrict access to the press and require polygraph tests.)

June 9, 1981: NSPG 13: (Unknown)

June 10, 1981: NSC 13: China, Greece, Poland

(The meeting minutes for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

June 10, 1981: NSPG 14: (Unknown)

June 11, 1981: NSPG 15: Libya

June 12, 1981: NSC 14: Non-Proliferation and Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation Policy

June 18, 1981: NSPG 16: Libya

June 30, 1981: NSPG 17: Israeli Attack on Iraq; Leaks

          Supplemental documents:

(A)  Oral Demarche to PM Begin and his response;

(B) July 1, 1981: Interagency Intelligence Assessment, "Implications of Israeli Attack on Iraq."

July 2, 1981: NSC 15/NSPG17: Police Training Force in Foreign Countries. Israeli Politics, AWACS, Terrorism, Saudi Arabia

July 6, 1981:  NSC 16: East-West Trade Controls

We are held by our Allies to be most rigid (in our approach) to maintain a stricter position. Our allies note they have the Soviets next to them. Trade is more essential to them. But, how do we say to our own people that we must continue to sacrifice – and to our Allies – if we are not prepared to use all our weapons? Don’t we seem guilty of hypocrisy – weak – if we are not prepared to take a strong position?

(July 8, 1981: Memo on Arms Sales to China)

July 9, 1981: NSC 17:East-West Trade Controls

There are sometimes leaks –perhaps in background briefings. I don’t think by anyone in this room. Perhaps by persons not here, who know only a little. But if we can get through another week, perhaps it will become a habit. I want to see an end to the stories of our speaking with different voices. We only speak with different voices in this kind of briefing. If there is no other way to cure it – other than blowing up the Post and the Star – then, if I found out about them, then they are going back to South Succotash, Wisconsin, in a hurry.

July 14, 1981:  NSPG 19: Economic Aid to Poland; Security Assistance For Pakistan; East-West Trade

July 22, 1981:  NSPG 20: Grain Agreement with the USSR; Credit Sale of Corn to Poland

Supplemental documents: 

A) NSPG briefing papers; 

B) July 23 ,1983: Memo on decisions regarding the US-USSR Grain Agreement

July 31, 1981:  NSC 18: Gulf of Sidra; US Naval Presences in Indian Ocean; Security Assistance For Egypt

Aug. 3, 1981:NSC 19/NSPG21: Space Shuttle Policy, Space Programs

Aug. 4, 1981: NSPG 22: Gambia

Aug. 7, 1981: NSPG 23: (Unknown)

Aug. 17, 1981: NSC 20: Central America; East-West Trade; Strategic Forces

Sept. 15, 1981: NSC 21: Further Economic Aid to Poland

Oct. 6, 1981: NSPG 26: Sadat

Oct. 13, 1981:  NSC 22: Theater Nuclear Forces, Egypt, NATO, Nuclear Weapons, USSR

Do we really want a "zero-option" for the battlefield? Don’t we need these nuclear systems? Wouldn’t it be bad for us to give them up since we need them to handle Soviet conventional superiority?

Oct. 16, 1981: NSC 23: East-West Trade Controls, USSR, Oil

It seems to me this gets down to showing that if the free world had not helped them and had let their system deteriorate, we wouldn’t have the problems we have today. But we (the U.S.) can’t do it alone. The question is have we worked in good faith with our Allies to get their cooperation? And, if we don’t get their cooperation, at what point do we (by unilateral embargo actions) simply cut off our nose to spite our face and add to our own (economic) problems by not selling – by depriving ourselves without depriving them (the Soviets) as was the case with grain. Can we make alone a decision to hold them back?

Oct. 16, 1981: NSPG 27: Caribbean

Nov. 10, 1981: NSC 24: Strategy Toward Cuba and Central America

*Note from Dr. Diego Trinidad, a Cuban scholar: “This is the first time in my 45 years of research that I found such an admission from a high American official.” Dr. Trinidad is referring to the discussion of the U.S.-Soviet accord in which the United States promised not to invade Cuba. Sec. Haig, specifically, said: “The Soviet threshold on Cuba is clear: it is the 1962 accords – the promise not to invade [Cuba] is the line. Invasion is the trigger for a serious Soviet response. Up to that point, there is a free play area.” 

Nov. 12, 1981: NSC 25: TNF, NATO, Strategic Forces

(The meeting minutes for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

Nov. 16, 1981: NSC 26: Cuba, Central America, Proposed U.S. Peacekeeping Force in Chad, Military Assistance

Nov. 19, 1981: NSPG 29: Intelligence, Liberia, Lebanon

Dec. 3, 1981: NSC 27: Monitoring Overseas Direct Employment; Civil Defense

Dec. 7, 1981: NSC 28: Counterterrorism, Libya

Dec. 8, 1981: NSC 29: Libya, Global Negotiations, Foreign Assistance, Terrorism

Dec. 8, 1981: NSC 30: FY 1983 Foreign Assistance Budget

Dec. 10, 1981: NSC 31: Poland

Dec. 14, 1981: NSPG 31: Update on Poland

Supplemental document: Dec. 14, 1981 CIA Briefing Note on Poland

Dec. 17, 1981: NSPG 32: Intelligence Capabilities, 85-90

Dec. 18, 1981: NSC 32: Peacetime Draft Registration

Dec. 19, 1981: Poland

Dec. 21, 1981: NSC 33: Poland

That doesn’t bother me at all. If we don’t take action now, three or four years from now we’ll have another situation and we wonder, why didn’t we go for it when we had the whole country with us. I am tired of looking backward.

We could say that we cannot continue trade (if events in Poland continue) and that we will press our Allies to follow us unless the Polish situation is alleviated. But again holding out our hand. Can he envision what it would be like if trade with the West were open? It would be a different, much better, world. He can have that one, giving up nothing, or the one that will result if we are forced to take trade-cutting actions.

Let me say something in the form of a positive question. This is the first time in 60 years that we have had this kind of opportunity. There may not be another in our lifetime. Can we afford not to go all out? I’m talking about a total quarantine on the Soviet Union. No détente! We know – and the world knows – that they are behind this. We have backed away so many times! After World War II we offered Poland the Marshall Plan, they accepted, but the Soviets said no.

Dec. 22, 1981: NSC 34: Poland

Well, Al, it seems to me on this we make up our minds on what is right to do. We say to the Soviets tomorrow night, we will proceed with actions, without spelling them out – actions that will isolate them politically and economically. We reduce political contact; we do all we can to persuade our Allies to come along, unless and until martial rule is ended in Poland and they return to an antebellum state. We have to deal with out own labor movement. They are shutting off shipments to Poland, though Church shipments are still going.

Dec. 23, 1981: NSC 35: Poland

 

1982 


Jan. 5, 1982: NSC 36: Poland/Golan Heights

(Supplemental document: NSC Analysis of Exceptional Circumstances clause)

Jan. 7, 1982: NSPG 33: Taiwan

(The meeting minutes for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

Suppplemental documents: Briefing papers, including draft talking points, an Options Paper, and discussion paper.

Jan. 21, 1982: NSC 37: Libya

Jan. 21, 1982: NSC 38: Law of the Sea

Jan. 22, 1982: NSPG 34: Cuba

  Supplemental document: NSC Executive Summary: “Responding to Floggers in Cuba."

Feb. 4, 1982: NSC 39: Scope and Interpretation of Oil and Gas Equipment Controls

Feb. 10, 1982: NSC 40: The Caribbean Basin

Can we do a speech without making it sound like war? We are seeking to offer the advantage of our economic system to others. We have had good neighbor policies before. None of them succeeded. We forget our size and our strength. We tried to impose our way. We should go to the Caribbean and say we are all neighbors. Let’s hear your ideas and together bring about the things you are interested in. The problem is how I am perceived. I was a hawk in Vietnam because I believe if you ask people to die you should give them a chance to win. The best way to prevent war is to get to the problem early. Can I do something without adding to the perception of me as a hawk?

Feb. 19, 1982:  NSC 41: (Unknown)

Feb. 25, 1982: NSC 42: (Unknown)

Feb. 26, 1982:NSC 43: Terms of Reference for Mission 

to Europe on Soviet Sanctions 

Feb. 26, 1982: NSPG 35: Cuban Excludables

March 11, 1982: NSPG 36: Cuban Excludables

March 25, 1982: NSC 44: Debrief of Under Secretary Buckley's Trip to Europe

Let me raise a question from the world of fantasy. So far we are doing things which threaten to deny. But they are still in Afghanistan, they are still supplying Cuba, they are still preventing Jews and Christians from emigrating. Is there a right time for the West to cooperate? The Europeans do not understand. Can we foresee a time when they (the Soviets) are in a desperate plight, when the military deprives the people of food, and we might be able to say to them: ‘Have you learned you lesson? If you rejoin the civilized world we will help you bring wonderful things to your people. But you must get out of Afghanistan, deal realistically in Geneva. No one wants to attack you.

April 5, 1982: NSPG 37: Central America

April 7, 1982: NSPG 38: (Unknown)

April 16, 1982: NSC 45: NSSD 1-82 (U.S. National Security Strategy)

April 21, 1982: NSC 46: START

April 27, 1982: NSC 47: NSSD 1-82 

(U.S. National Security Strategy)

NSSD 1-82, Part III, Section B: The Role of the Allies

April 30, 1982: NSC 48: South Atlantic Crisis (Falkland Islands)

May 3, 1982: NSC 49: START

May 21, 1982: NSC 49A: START                   

May 24, 1982: NSC 50: Review of Dec. 30, 1981 Sanctions 

June 14, 1982: NPSG 39: Lebanon

June 18, 1982: NSC 51: East-West Sanctions

Supplemental document: Ronald Reagan’s concluding remarks as recorded by Richard Pipes

June 25, 1982: NSC 52: START

June 29, 1982: NSC 53: Law of the Sea

(The meeting minutes for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

July 13, 1982: NSPG 40: Central America

July 17, 1982: NSC 54: U.S./EC Economic Relations

July 19 1982:  NSC 55: Nuclear Testing, Nuclear Weapons

(The briefing memo for this meeting is available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

July 21, 1982: NSC 56: Eastern Europe, Poland

July 27, 1982: NSPG 41: Kampuchea, Lebanon, NATO

Aug. 4, 1982: NSC 57: Lebanon Situation

Aug. 6, 1982: NSC 58: U.S.-E.C. Steel Dispute and Soviet Sanctions Implementation

Aug. 9, 1982: NSC 59: START

Aug. 19, 1982: NSPG 42: Middle East

Aug. 12, 1982: NSPG 43: Middle East

Sept. 13, 1982: NSPG 44: Arms Control

Sept. 20, 1982: NSC 60: Lebanon

Sept. 22, 1982: NSC 61: Pipeline Sanctions

President Roosevelt called for a quarantine on Germany in 1939. He had his brains kicked out. What would history have been like if he had been listened to?

Sept. 24, 1982: NSPG 45: Central America

Sept. 30, 1982: NSC 62: Polish Debt; Private Sector Initiative for Poland; Latin American Debt

Oct. 13, 1982: NSC 63: NSDD on Japan

Oct. 15, 1982: NSC 64: East-West Trade, Poland Sanctions

Nov. 2, 1982: NSPG 46: Poland, Latin America

Nov. 3, 1982: (Redacted) Program; Central American Update

Nov. 9, 1982: NSC 65: Allied Agreement on East-West Trade;  Sanctions

NSC 65 concludes: “On November 16, the President signed NSDD 66 which approved the 'Summary of Conclusions' on East-West economic relations resulting from consultations with the Allies by Secretary Shultz; approved cancellation of the December 30 sanctions and the June 22 amendment; and laid out the President’s objectives for the studies with the Allies in the area of East-West economic relations.” Reagan announced the cancellation of sanctions during his Nov. 13, 1982 radio address.

Supplemental document: 

Memo from Shultz and Baldrige to Reagan: Modification of Sanctions

Nov. 18, 1982:  NSC 66: M-X Basing Decision      

Nov. 23, 1982: NSC 67: The President's Trip to Latin America

Dec. 7, 1982: NSC 68: MX Missiles, Energy

(The meeting minutes for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

Dec. 10, 1982: NSC 69: Alternative Energy

Dec. 13, 1982: NPSG 47: Suriname

Dec. 16, 1982: NSC 70: U.S. Relations with the USSR    


1983


Jan. 4, 1983: NSPG 48: Suriname

Jan. 10, 1983: NSPG 49: U.S. - Soviet Relations

Supplemental documents:

A) Briefing papers for the President

B) NSC dicussion paper on INF

Jan. 13, 1983: NSPG 50: Arms Control/INF         

Jan. 14, 1983: NSC 71: Preparations for Visit of Japanese PM

Jan. 25, 1983: NSC 72: Preparation for Round III of START

A) Talking Points

B) Basic Elements Paper

Jan. 28, 1983: NSC 73: Discussion on Defense Program  

Feb. 4, 1983: NSPG 51: Lebanon

Supplemental documents: Decision memo and background paper

Feb. 8, 1983: NSPG 52: Suriname

Feb. 11, 1983: NSC 74: VP’s Trip to Europe, Shultz trip to Asia

(The meeting minutes for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

Feb. 14, 1983: NSPG 53: Libya & Sudan

Feb. 18, 1983: NSPG 54: Central America

Feb. 24, 1983 NSPG 55: Central America

Feb. 25, 1983: NSPG 56: Middle East Policy

Feb. 25, 1983: NSC 75: Briefing on Defense Guidance

March 9, 1983: NSPG 57: Central America

March 11, 1983: NSPG 58: Lebanon Policy

March 18, 1983: NSPG 59: INF Negotiations; Next Steps in the Israeli-Lebanon Negotiations   

Supplemental documents: 
A) Agenda and Briefing Paper on Lebanon

B) INF Discussion Papers

March 23, 1983: NSC 76: Export Administration Act

April 4, 1983: NSPG 60: Suriname

April 8, 1983: NSPG 61: Poland

April 14, 1983: NSC 77: Strategic Forces Modernization  

April 22, 1983: NSPG 62: Middle East

(Bill Clark’s talking points for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

April 29, 1983: NSC 78: Briefing on Soviet Technology Acquisition Effort

May 10, 1983: NSC 79: START

May 18, 1983:  NSC 80: Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions

(The meeting minutes for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

May 31, 1983: NSPG 63: Central America

(Memo from Bush to Reagan, "Special Situation Group Recommendations Regarding Arms Delivers to Nicaragua." (Archives II: Walsh)

June 7, 1983:NSC 81: START

Supplemental documents: NSC documents on START

June 10, 1983: NSC 82: Nuclear Weapons Security/Safeguards

June 16, 1983: NSC 83: International Debt Crisis, International Finance

June 21, 1983: NSPG 64: Lebanon

Supplemental documents: Briefing memo and draft talking points

July 8, 1983:  NSC 84: Central America

July 15, 1983: NSPG 65: Lebanon

Supplemental documents: 

A) Briefing Memo for the President

B) Draft talking points

July 20, 1983:  NSPG 66: Lebanon

Supplemental documents:

A) Briefing memo for the President

B) Department of State Discussion Paper  

July 29, 1983: NSPG 67: Update & Review

Aug. 9, 1983: NSC 85: Mexico

Aug. 12, 1983: NSC 86: Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces

Sept. 2, 1983: NSPG 68A: KAL 007

According to an archivist at the Reagan Library, notes from this meeting do not exist. 

Supplemental documents: 

A) Agenda, briefing memo and discussion paper

B) NSDD 102: US Response to KAL Disaster

Sept. 3, 1983: NSPG 68: Lebanon

Supplemental documents: 
A) Briefing memo and State discussion paper

(click here for an earlier released version of the above documents to compare which sections were more recently declassified)

B) Sept. 3, 1983 cable from American Embassy Tel Aviv regarding discussions with Israeli military leaders

C) Talking Points for Phone Call to PM Begin

Sept. 6, 1983: NSC 87: Mutual and Balanced Forced Reductions, Lebanon

Sept. 10, 1983: NSC 88: Lebanon

Sept. 16, 1983: NSPG 69: Central America

Sept. 20, 1983: NSC 89: China

Sept. 23, 1983: NSC 90: Central America

Sept. 27, 1983:  NSPG 70: Nicaragua/Lebanon

Sept. 29, 1983: NSPG 71: START

(Presdientf Reagan’s briefing memo is available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

Oct. 13, 1983: Memo to President Reagan from Secretary Shultz,   "Our Strategy in Lebanon and the Middle East." 

Oct. 14, 1983: NSPG 72: Lebanon

Oct. 18, 1983: NSPG 73: Review of Strategy in Lebanon 

Oct. 23, 1983: NSPG 74/75: Grenada

Oct. 25, 1983: NSC 91: Japan Trip

Nov. 1, 1983: NSC 92: (Unknown)

Nov. 3, 1983: NSC 93: (Unknown)

Nov. 3, 1983: NSC 94: (Unknown)

Nov. 7, 1983: NSC 95: Japan Trip

(President Reagan’s briefing memo is available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

Nov. 7, 1983: NSPG 76: Iran-Iraq; Bombing of Marine Barracks at BIA

(President Reagan’s briefing memo for this meeting is available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

Nov. 7, 1983: "Chemical Warfare in Iraq." Supplement to NSPG 76.

Nov. 14, 1983: NSPG 77: Lebanon

Nov. 16, 1983: NSPG 78: (Unknown)

Nov. 30, 1983: NSC 96: Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)

Dec. 1, 1983: NSPG 79: Lebanon

(McFarlane’s taling points for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

Dec. 2, 1983: NSPG 80: Lebanon

Dec. 2, 1983: NSC 97: Libya; Oil and Gas Export Control Issues

Dec. 20, 1983: NSPG 81: Soviet Noncompliance with Arms Control Agreements

Dec. 22, 1983: NSPG 82: Iran-Iraq War 

(President Reagan’s briefing memo is available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

                               

1984 

Jan. 3, 1984: NSPG 83: Next Steps in Lebanon

Jan. 5, 1984: NSC 98: (Unknown)

Jan. 6, 1984: NSPG 83A: Central America

Jan. 9, 1984: NSC 99: Soviet Non-Compliance on Arms Control

Jan. 13, 1984: NSC 100: Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions

Feb. 6, 1984:NSPG 84: Lebanon

Feb. 17, 1984: NSPG 85: Central America

Feb. 24, 1984: NSC 101: (Unknown)

Feb. 27, 1984: NSPG 85a: (Unknown)

March 2, 1984: NSPG 86: Combatting Terrorism

March 13, 1984: NSC 102: Visit of French President Mitterrand

(A discussion paper for this meeting is available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

March 20, 1984: NSC 103: (Emergency Energy Preparedness)

(A discussion paper  for this meeting is available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

March 27, 1984: NSC 104: Nuclear Arms Control Discussions

March 29, 1984: NSC 105: Multilateral Chemical Weapons Treaty, Chemical and Biological Warfare

(McFarlane’s talking points for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

March 30, 1984: NSPG 87: Middle East Update

April 16, 1984: NSC 106: (Unknown)

April 17, 1984: NSPG 88: (Unknown)

May 17, 1984: NSPG 89:Escalation in the Gulf War

May 22, 1984: NSC 107: Nuclear Safeguards

May 25, 1984: NSPG 90: The Gulf War

(The meeting minutes for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

Unknown: NSC 108: (Unknown)

June 25, 1984: NSPG 91: Central America

If such a story gets out, we’ll all be hanging by our thumbs in front of the White House until we find out who did it.

June 29, 1984: NSPG 92/93: Central America; Proposed Presidential Finding on Technology Modification

Aug. 28, 1984: NSC 109: Poland

Aug. 31, 1984: NSPG 94: Pakistan; NSDD-99 Work Program

As to Iran, whoever designed the old strategy of cooperating with Iran was on the right track. Iran used to be the “cork” in the bottle as far as Soviet expansion was concerned. The old strategy made good sense and we let it slip away. 

Now there is no prospect for basing in Iran, it doesn’t make sense. It seems to me the current situation suggests two things:

First, we’ve done a lot of things for the Gulf and our Arab friends. Have we done enough to make the Soviets worry about the risk of invading, the risks of war?

Second, have we given enough thought about where we could do things – not necessarily in the Gulf – in another theater, elsewhere on the Soviet periphery if they moved toward the Gulf? The objective would be to make the Soviets look hard over their shoulder.

Sept. 11, 1984: NSPG 95: Review of the (redacted) and Central America Special Activities

(The meeting minutes for this meeting are available in The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council.)

Sept. 18, 1984: NSPG 96: Next-Steps in the Vienna Process

*Evans and Novak wrote about this meeting a few days later. Jack Matlock, however, disagreed with their assessment, and wrote a memo to McFarlane to that effect. "If my understanding of the meeting is correct," Matlcok wrote McFarlane, "the colum is quite literally disinformation. Its contents seem deliberately meant by the  source to give the wrong impression of events at the NSPG. Whatever the source's motives, this 'revelation' may create serious problems in our dealings with the Soviets." 

Oct. 3, 1984: NSPG 97: Lebanon

Oct. 19, 1984: NSPG 98: (Unknown)

Oct. 30, 1984: NSC 110: (Unknown)

Unknown: NSC 111: (Unknown)

Unknown: NSC 112: (Unknown)

Unknown: NSC 113: (Unknown)

Nov. 16, 1984: NSPG 99: Grenada/Ethiopia

Nov. 30, 1984: NSPG 100: Soviet Defense and Arms Control Objectives

Dec. 5, 1984: NSPG 101: US-Soviet Arms Control Objectives    

Dec. 10,