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  • Presidential Policy Directive 4: National Space Policy of the United States of America
    "The legacy of success in space and its transformation also presents new challenges. When the space age began, the opportunities to use space were limited to only a few nations, and there were limited consequences for irrespons… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 2: Combating Terrorism through Immigration Policies
    Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 2 implements policy to work aggressively to prevent aliens who engage in or support terrorist activity from entering the United States and to detain, prosecute, or deport any such aliens who are within the United States.
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 3: Homeland Security Advisory System
    Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 3 implements a Homeland Security Advisory System to provide a comprehensive and effective means to disseminate information regarding the risk of terrorist acts to Federal, State, and local authorities and to the American people.
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 1: Organization and Operation of the Homeland Security Council
    This is the first in a series of Homeland Security Presidential Directives [HSPD] that shall record and communicate presidential decisions about the homeland security policies of the United States. The specific purpose of HSPD 1… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 4: National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction [Unclassified Version]
    Issued by the White House in 2002, Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)4 lays out the "three pillars" in the fight against weapons of mass destruction: counterproliferation to combat WMD use; strengthened nonproliferat… more
  • Presidential Policy Directive 6: U.S. Global Development Policy [Fact Sheet]
    "Today, the President signed a Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, the first of its kind by a U.S. administration. The directive recognizes that development is vital to U.S. national security and is a strategic,… more
  • Presidential Policy Directive 2: National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats
    From the White House Press Release (December 9, 2009): "Today, President Obama released the National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats. This Strategy outlines the President's vision for addressing the challenges from p… more
  • Presidential Policy Directive 1: Organization of the National Security Council System
    This Presidential Policy Direction from President Barack Obama outlines the organization of the National Security Council System. The document contains headings on the National Security Council (NCS), the NSC Principals Commit… more
  • National Security Presidential Directive 23: National Policy on Ballistic Missile Defense
    This first part of this document contains the full text of National Security Presidential Directive 23, obtained by Bill Gertz of the Washington Times. Passages that differ from the White House fact sheet on this directive tha… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5: Directive on Management of Domestic Incidents
    Issued on February 28, 2003 by President Bush, Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 5 serves the purpose to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents by establishing a single, comprehensi… more
  • National Security Decision Directive 97: National Security Telecommunications Policy
    The National Communications System [NCS] was established by Executive Order (EO) 12472 as a Federal interagency group assigned national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) telecommunications responsibilities throughout… more
  • National Security Decision Directive 30: Managing Terrorist Incidents
    "NSDD 30 was issued by the Reagan administration in 1982. This Directive deals with responses to armed attacks on U.S. citizens or assets. It created a coordinating body, the Interdepartmental Group on Terrorism, to develop an… more
  • National Security Decision Directive 138: Combating Terrorism
    "NSDD 138 was issued in 1984 by the Reagan administration. Much of this NSDD is classified, but, reportedly permitted the CIA and the FBI to form covert operations teams and to use military special operations forces to conduct… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 11: Comprehensive Terrorist-Related Screening Procedures
    Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 11 establishes comprehensive terrorist-related screening procedures in order to more effectively detect and interdict individuals known or reasonably suspected to be engaged in t… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 9: Defense of United States Agriculture and Food
    Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 9, issued by President Bush on January 30, 2004, establishes a national policy to defend the agriculture and food system against terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other eme… more
  • National Security Decision Directive 179: Task Force on Combatting Terrorism
    NSDD 179 established a task force, to be headed by Vice President George Bush, to review and evaluate U.S. policy and programs in the counterterrorism area. In particular, the task force was to assess national priorities assig… more
  • Presidential Decision Directive 75: Counterintelligence for the 21st Century [Fact Sheet]
    President Clinton signed a Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) entitled 'U.S. Counterintelligence Effectiveness -- Counterintelligence for the 21st Century.' The PDD outlines specific steps that will enable the U.S. counteri… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12: Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors
    "Wide variations in the quality and security of forms of identification used to gain access to secure Federal and other facilities where there is potential for terrorist attacks need to be eliminated. Therefore, it is the poli… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 10: Biodefense for the 21st Century
    Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 10 outlines policy for Biodefense in the 21st century. "The United States has pursued aggressively a broad range of programs and capabilities to confront the biological weapons t… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 13: Maritime Security Policy [Fact Sheet]
    "The President has signed a maritime security policy directive outlining his vision for a fully coordinated U.S. Government effort to protect U.S. interests in the maritime domain. This document, the Maritime Security Policy N… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8: National Preparedness
    Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 8, issued by President Bush on December 17, 2003, establishes policies to strengthen the preparedness of the United States to prevent and respond to threatened or actual domestic… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 6: Directive on Integration and Use of Screening Information to Protect against Terrorism
    Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 6 concerns the use of information about individuals known or suspected to engage in terrorist activities. The new policy of the United States is to develop, integrate, and mainta… more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 25: Arctic Region Policy
    "The United States is an Arctic nation, with varied and compelling interests in that region. This directive takes into account several developments, including, among others: altered national policies on homeland security and d… more
  • Presidential Study Directive 1: Organizing for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
    "Accordingly, I direct the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism to lead an interagency review of ways to reform the White House organization for counter-terrorism and homeland security in order … more
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive 18: Medical Countermeasures against Weapons of Mass Destruction
    Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 18 addresses the need to be prepared for an attack by terrorist forces using a weapon of mass destruction. It acknowledges that having sufficient resources on hand at all times … more
  • National Security Action Memorandum 127: Emergency Planning for Continuity of Government
    National Security Action Memorandum (NSAM) 127 requested the Director of the Office of Emergency Planning to create a committee with members of the Department of Defense and the Bureau of the Budget to review and present a rep… more
  • Presidential Decision Directive 29: Security Policy Coordination
    "The Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Defense's Joint Security Commission identified four principles which should guide the formulation, evaluation and oversight of our security policy: our security policies a… more
  • National Security Action Memorandum 38: Questions Arising from CIA Support of Certain Activities
    National Security Action Memorandum (NSAM) 38 requested the Bureau of Budget to undertake a study to review the issues related to an "open connection" between the Government and groups such as the Asia Foundation and Radio Fre… more
  • National Security Action Memorandum 368: Intelligence Information Handling System
    National Security Action Memorandum 368 tasked the Director of Central Intelligence to prepare a proposal for the "phased implementation of a community-wide information handling system to insure the secure and efficient dissem… more
  • National Security Action Memorandum 364: Nuclear Weapons Dispersal Authorization for FY 1967- FY 1968
    National Security Action Memorandum (NSAM) 364 addressed nuclear weapons dispersal authorization requests for FY 1967 and 1968 from the Department of Defense. Note: NSAM 364 was originally a Top Secret directive and a fair am… more
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