Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
Sound recording of a meeting between President John F. Kennedy, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, and Secretary of State Dean Rusk. From the way the tape itself plays, it seems as though this NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) meeting took place immediately following the Haiti meeting, which was most likely held on May, 13, 1963, though the date cannot be confirmed conclusively. President Kennedy, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and Secretary of State Dean Rusk discuss a House Foreign Affairs Committee report on NATO that was just partially released, as well as commentary of NATO military force levels, financial budgets of each of the countries, and the upcoming meeting in Ottawa, Canada. Cuba and the civil rights situation in Birmingham, Alabama, are also briefly mentioned. Two segments of the recording totaling 17 seconds have been removed in accordance with Section 3.4 (b) (1), (3) of Executive Order 12958. This sound recording has been excerpted from Tape 86, which contains additional sound recording(s) preceding and following this one. See Related Records to access Tape 86 in its entirety.