In July 1964, President Johnson ordered a review of the risk of another Cuban Missile Crisis happening and for an outline of the alternative courses of action that would be available.
In National Security Action Memorandum No. 311 (NSAM 311), President Johnson ordered Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and Director of Central Intelligence John McCone to review the prospect of a repeat of the Cuban Missile Crisis and to outline the various alternatives that would be available if it happened.
This history of the National Security Council under presidents Kennedy and Johnson was written by the Executive Director of the NSC under both presidents, Bromley Smith. It traces not just the mechanics of the NSC during the period but also how it was used to tackle specific topics.
A chronology of Thurgood Marshall’s nomination, confirmation, and appointment to the Supreme Court in the summer and fall of 1967.
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the Johnson administration from 1963 through 1968.
After starting strong in a period of national mourning after JFK’s assassination, LBJ’s approval ratings slipped consistently as his disapproval ratings climbed.
Tucked away in the files of the Pre-Presidential papers at the LBJ Library is a fascinating little collection of notes on the ExComm meetings during the Cuban Missile Crisis and its aftermath.
Here are the results of a Mandatory Review request I filed with the LBJ Library in 2010 for declassifying closed sections of LBJ’s so-called “X” file on Richard Nixon, the bombing halt, and the 1968 election.
LBJ held his 13th presidential press conference on April 16, 1964.
President Johnson held his seventh press conference in the East Room at the White House at 3:30 PM on Saturday, March 7, 1964.
LBJ held his sixth presidential press conference in the State Department’s International Treaty Room at 11am on Saturday, February 29, 1964.
President Johnson appeared for his 5th presidential news conference at the White House on February 1, 1964.
JFK visits El Paso, Texas, with Vice President Lyndon Johnson.
Film footage of President John F. Kennedy visiting the headquarters of the Strategic Headquarters in at Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska, on December 7, 1962. Includes his arrival on Air Force One and delivering brief remarks.
This photo in the archives of the Richard Nixon Library claims to show the closet that LBJ’s secret White House tapes recording system was installed in.