Printed below is President Carter's directive, dated January 20, 1977, reorganizing the
NSC. Two key entities were established within the existing framework of the Council: the
Policy Review Committee (PRC) and the Special Coordination Committee (SCC).
TO: The Vice President The Secretary of State The Secretary of Defense
ALSO: The Secretary of the Treasury The Attorney General The United States Representative to the United Nations The Director, Office of Management and Budget The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs The Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers The Administrator, Agency for International Development The Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency The Director, United States Information Agency The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff The Director of Central Intelligence The Administrator, Energy Research and Development Administration
SUBJECT: The National Security Council System
To assist me in carrying out my responsibilities for the conduct of national security affairs, I hereby direct the reorganization of the National Security Council system. The reorganization is intended to place more responsibility in the departments and agencies while insuring that the NSC, with my Assistant for National Security Affairs, continues to integrate and facilitate foreign and defense policy decisions.
The functions, membership, and responsibilities of the National Security Council shall be as set forth in the National Security Act of 1947, as amended. In addition, other senior officials, including the Secretary of the Treasury, the Attorney General, the United States Representative to the United Nations, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, the Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Director of Central Intelligence, and the Administrator of the Energy Research and Development Administration, shall attend appropriate NSC meetings.
The National Security Council shall be the principal forum for international security issues requiring Presidential consideration. The NSC shall assist me in analyzing, integrating and facilitating foreign, defense, and intelligence policy decisions. International economic and other interdependence issues which are pertinent to national security shall also be considered by the NSC.
Declassified on April 22, 1977.
Jimmy Carter of Georgia served as president of the United States from 1977–1981.