Presidential Directive 55: Intelligence Special Access Programs: Establishment of the APEX Program [open pdf - 32KB]
Alternate Title: PD/NSC 55: Intelligence Special Access Programs: Establishment of the APEX Program
In this Directive, President Carter approves the "establishment of the APEX program, a single special access system to protect particularly sensitive intelligence sources and methods. APEX conforms with Executive Order 12065 and will be implemented for the National Security Council by the Director of Central Intelligence as the Council's Executive Agent. The National Security Council will be the Forum for any appeals arising during implementation of the APEX program. The APEX program will control the nature, attributable collected information, and operational details of the most sensitive intelligence sources and methods, as determined by the Director of Central Intelligence. Uniform security standards established by the Director of Central Intelligence will govern access to, distribution of, and protection of intelligence sources and methods, subject to any specific statutory requirements applicable to any department or agency."
PD/NSC 55; Presidential Directive 55
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