National Security Decision Memorandum 242: Policy for Planning the Employment of Nuclear Weapons [open pdf - 192KB]
Alternate Title: NSDM 242: Policy for Planning the Employment of Nuclear Weapons
National Security Decision Memorandum [NSDM] 242 is directed to: the Secretary of State; Secretary of Defense; Director, Central Intelligence Agency; and Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. From the Document: "Based on a review of the study conducted in response to NSSM [National Security Study Memoranda] 169 and discussions by the Verification Panel, I have reached the following decisions on United States policy regarding planning for nuclear weapons employment. These decisions do not constitute a major new departure in U.S. nuclear strategy; rather, they are an elaboration of existing policy. The decisions reflect both existing political and military realities and my desire for a more flexible nuclear posture. This NSDM provides the policy framework for planning the employment of U.S. nuclear weapons. It also establishes the process by which the principal aspects of this policy will be coordinated, reviewed and revised."
National Security Decision Memorandum 242; NSDM 242
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