Presidential Decisions: NSC Documents from the Johnson Administration

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Space issues were not often high priority during the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration and this period is most notable for its continuity with the Kennedy Administration.  Johnson moved toward greater international space cooperation, particularly in improving satellite communications capabilities for the developing world and cooperating in booster development with the European Launcher Development Organization.

NSAM 285 Cooperation with the USSR on Outer Space, 3 Mar 1964
Endorses report directed in NSAM-271 on the progress of joint Soviet Union and United States space efforts. Orders the program to continue and requests further information as it progresses.

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NSAM 338 Policy Concerning U.S. Assistance in the Development of Foreign Communications Satellite Capabilities, 15 Sep 1965

Directs Special Assistant to the President for Telecommunications to monitor United States policy on assisting the development of foreign communication satellite capability and inform the President of any changes that require his attention.  The Nixon Administration’s NSDM 187 rescinds sections of the policy.

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NSAM 338 Policy Concerning U.S. Assistance in the Development of Foreign Communications Satellite Capabilities, 15 Sep 1965 ** Excerpts reflect format and wording from NSAM 338 (Revised) (12 July 1967)

 

NSAM 354 Cooperation with the European Launcher Development Organization (ELDO), 29 Jul 1966

The United States encourages the development of the European Launcher Development Organization.  The Department of State, in consultation with National Aeronautics Space Administration, Department of Defense and other appropriate agencies, will manage United States’ cooperation with the organization.  Nixon Administration’s NSDM 187 supersedes the directive.

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