Operations Coordinating Board

Operations Coordinating Board

The Operations Coordinating Board was a committee of the United States Executive created in 1953 by President Eisenhower's Executive Order 10483. The board, which reported to the National Security Council was responsible for integrating the implementation of national security policies across several agencies.

The board's membership was to include the Under Secretary of State, who was to chair the board, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Director of the Foreign Operations Administration, the Director of Central Intelligence, and the President's Special Assistant for Psychological Warfare. Also authorized to attend were the President's Special Assistant for National Security Affairs and the Director of the United States Information Agency.

The creation of the board was a recommendation of the Jackson Committee, chaired by William Harding Jackson, set-up to propose future United States Government information and psychological warfare programs. The same committee recommended the existing Psychological Strategy Board be abolished.[1]

The Operations Coordinating Board was abolished by President Kennedy on February 19, 1961.


  1. ^ "U.S. President's Committee on International Information Activities (Jackson Committee): Records, 1950-53". Eisenhower Presidential Center website. http://www.eisenhower.utexas.edu/listofholdingshtml/listofholdingsU/USPRESIDENTSCOMMITTEEONINTERNATIONALINFORMATIONACTIVITESJACKSONCOMMITTEERECORDS195053.PDF. 

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