President Nixon’s Transformation of the National Security Council
Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
President Nixon entered office in January 1969 as an accomplished foreign affairs expert and intent on personally directing a series of foreign policy initiatives. He transformed the role of the National Security Council, originally established by the National Security Act of 1947, greatly expanding its involvement and influence under National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger. A panel of former NSC officials from the era will be moderated by KT McFarland, a national security analyst for Fox News, who also held national security posts under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan.
Winston Lord joined the NSC in February 1969 and accompanied President Nixon and Dr. Kissinger on historic trips to China and the USSR. He went on to serve as ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and assistant secretary of state for east asian and pacific affairs.
Robert C. McFarlane, was selected in 1971 to be a White House fellow in the Nixon administration. He joined the NSC in 1972 as its military liaison member, and went on to become special assistant for national security affairs under President Ford. He returned to the White House under President Reagan as deputy national security advisor and then as national security advisor.
Richard V. Allen took leave from the Hoover Institution to be Richard Nixon’s policy advisor on foreign affairs during the 1968 campaign, and then served as deputy director of the NSC. He later became national security adviser under President Reagan.
John F. Lehman, Jr. worked on Richard Nixon’s 1968 campaign with Richard V. Allen and joined him at the NSC. He returned as secretary of the navy under President Reagan and was later a member of the 9/11 Commission.
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