A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

National Security Council

National Security Council (NSC) This body was established on 26 July 1947 to advise the White House staff on foreign and domestic issues concerning national security. Formal meetings of the council include the president, vice-president, secretary of state, secretary of defense, and the assistant to the president for national security affairs, who directs the council’s staff for research and analysis. By 1980 the NSC staff had grown to 1,600. The Iran-Contra scandal originated in illegal operations by its members.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "National Security Council," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed August 16, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=49UBI154ALQ4I69.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "National Security Council." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 16 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=49UBI154ALQ4I69.

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