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National Security Council and National Security Planning Group Meetings

December 21, 2013

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


1981

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

Feb. 11, 1981: NSC 2: Central America

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 9, 1981: NSPG 13: (Unknown)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

Oct. 16, 1981: NSPG 27: Caribbean

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

Nov. 12, 1981:NSC 25: Theater Nuclear Forces, NATO, Strategic Forces

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

Dec. 22, 1981: NSC 34: Poland

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 31, 1983: NSPG 63: Central America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

                               

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

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

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

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

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

Unknown: NSC 108: (Unknown)

June 25, 1984: NSPG 91: Central America

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

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

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

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, 1984: NSPG 102: Geneva Format and SDI

Dec. 14, 1984: NSPG 103: Radio Marti

Dec. 17, 1984: NSPG 104: Substantive Issues for Geneva

                                 

1985 

Jan. 18, 1985: NSPG 105: Response to Threat to Lebanon Hostages

March 4, 1985: NSC 114: Geneva Negotiations, USSR, Arms Control

March 26, 1985: NSPG 106: Afghanistan

Unknown: NSC 115: (Unknown)

Unknown:  NSC 116: (Unknown)

Unknown: NSC 117: (Unknown)

May 17, 1985: NSPG 107: Radio Marti

June ?, 1984: NSPG 108: Israel/Ansar Prisoners

June 3, 1985:  NSC 118: Interim Restraint Restraint Policy

Unknown: NSC 119: (Unknown)

June 20, 1985: NSPG 109: (Unknown)

July 1, 1985: (Unknown/hostages/terrorism)

July 3, 1985: NSPG 113: (Unknown)

July 26, 1985:  NSC Meeting on South Africa

Aug. 2, 1985:NSPG 114: Nuclear Safeguards

Aug. 7, 1985: NSPG 115: (Unknown)

Sept. 3, 1985: NSPG 116: Libya

Sept. 5, 1985: NSC 120: (Unknown)

Sept. 20, 1985: NSC 121: Visit of Soviet Foreign Minister Shevardnadze

Unknown: NSC 122: (Unknown)

Oct. 4, 1985: NSPG 117: Philippines

Oct. 7, 1985: NSPG 118: Soviet Strategic Defenses 

A) Joint Shultz-Weinberger Report: “ Soviet Strategic Defenses” (thanks to the Federation of American Scientists!)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Oct. 18, 1985: NSC 123: Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions

A) MBFR Interagency Working Group Discussion Paper

Oct. 21, 1985: NSC 124: (Unknown)

Oct. 22, 1985: NSPG 121: Arms Control

Oct. 29, 1985:  NSPG 122: Arms Control

Nov. 12, 1985: NSPG 123: Angola

Nov. 13, 1985: NSC 125: Regional/Bilateral Issues for Geneva

Nov. 14, 1985: NSPG 124: Geneva Arms Control Issues

Nov. 15, 1985: NSC 126: Final Preparation for the Geneva Summit

Dec. 3, 1985: NSC 127: (Unknown)

Unknown:  NSC 128: (Unknown)

           

1986 

Jan. 6, 1986:  NSPG 125: Libyan Support for International Terrorism

Jan. 10, 1986: NSC 128: Review of U.S. Policy in Central America

Feb. 3, 1986: NSPG 127: Arms Control – Responding to Gorbachev

(Aug. 1, 1985): McFarlane Memo to Chief of Staff Don Regan re: “Advice to the President”

Feb. 23, 1986: NSPG 128: Philippines

March 14, 1986:  NSPG 129: Libya

March 20, 1986: NSC 129A: Aid to the Democratic Nicaraguan Resistance

 (NSC 129A declassified in 2005)

March 25, 1986: NSPG 130: Responding to Soviet Violations Policy (RSVP) Options

April 16, 1986: NSPG 131: Responding to Soviet Violations

Unknown:  NSC 130: (Unknown)

May 15, 1986: NSC 131: (Unknown)

May 16, 1986: Central America

June 6, 1986: NSPG 134: U.S.-Soviet Relations (SDI)

June 12, 1986: NSPG 135: U.S.-Soviet Relations  (SDI)  

July 1, 1986: NSC 132: Program Briefing on SDI


(Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)

July 11, 1986: NSC 133: (Unknown)

July 15, 1986: NSPG 136: Nuclear Testing

July 29, 1986: NSC 134: U.S. Space Launch Capabilities

Aug. 11, 1986: NSC 135: The Situation in Mexico and the Upcoming Visit of President de la Madrid

Aug. 14, 1986: NSPG 137: Libya

Aug. 15, 1986:  NSC 136: State Visit of Brazilian President Sarney

Sept. 16, 1986: NSC 137: (Unknown)

Oct. 3, 1986: NSC 138: South Asia, People’s Republic of China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India

Oct. 7, 1986: NSPG 138: Arms Control

Oct. 27, 1986: NSPG 139: Arms Control

Nov. 18, 1986: NSC 139: Chile

Nov. 25, 1986:  NSPG 140: Interim Restraint

Dec. 11, 1986: NSPG 141: Suriname

Dec. 16, 1986:  NSC