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  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Washington, D.C., with Robert McNamara, 13 December 1960
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Presidential Campaign Files, 196013 December 1960

    This folder contains a transcript of a press conference given by President-elect John F. Kennedy and Robert S. McNamara at the President-elect’s home in Washington, D.C. President-elect Kennedy begins the press conference by announcing the appointment of Mr. McNamara as Secretary of Defense and is followed with a statement by Secretary-designate Mc...

  • Digitized Sound Recording
    Meetings: Tape 85. Vietnam, Defense Budget, Nomination of New Deputy Secretary of Defense, undated
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.Undated

    Sound recording of an undated meeting, possibly held on May 7, 1963, between President John F. Kennedy and Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. They discuss various issues concerning the Department of Defense (DOD), including the military situation in Vietnam, the Congressional budget fight on military spending in Vietnam and personnel issues i...

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    National Security Action Memoranda [NSAM]: NSAM 2, Development of Counter-Guerrilla Forces
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security FilesFebruary 1961: 3-23

    This folder contains a copy of National Security Action Memoranda number two (NSAM 2) titled, “Development of Counter-Guerrilla Forces,” to the Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara from McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and a response by McNamara.

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Department of Defense: General: Review of FY61 and FY 62 Military Programs and Budgets, 21 February 1961
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security FilesFebruary 1961: 20-21

    This folder contains a report from Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara to President John F. Kennedy containing a review of the military programs and budgets for fiscal years 1961 and 1962.

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Defense: Proposal on excess installations, 1 March 1961
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.1 March 1961

    This folder contains material collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning the Department of Defense, and consists of a memorandum from Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara to the President regarding proposed actions to discontinue excess defense installations.

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Space activities: General, vol. I-III, 1961: April-June
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files1961: 23 March-18 May

    This folder includes a memorandum regarding a budget increase in the Department of Defense for Project VELA, a report by the USIA (United States Information Agency) Office of Research and Analysis of international reaction to the Soviet Union’s manned space flight, and a review by the Bureau of the Budget of proposed increases for space programs. A...

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Department of Defense: General: McNamara testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee, 4 April 1961
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files4 April 1961

    This file contains a copy of Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara's testimony before the United States Senate Armed Services Committee discussing appropriations for the Department of Defense, national security, and strategic missile programs.

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    6-1-2: Cuba: Study Group, 1961: Minutes, 3 May 1961
    Papers of Robert F. Kennedy. Attorney General Papers3 May 1961
  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Berlin speech to the Nation, 25 July 1961: Memoranda and speech materials
    Theodore C. Sorensen Personal Papers1961: 14 July-9 August, undated
  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Defense, 1961: September-December
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.1961: 1 September-14 December, undated

    This folder contains material collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning the Department of Defense. Topics include civil defense, the establishment of Logistics Management Institute to improve the procurement of defense supplies, and the reorganization of Army National Guard and Reserves. Of note is...

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