Operations Coordinating Board

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ExtinctionFebruary 19, 1961
Parent organizationUS/National Security Council
An informal and secretive committee of the US National Security Council in the 1950s.

The Operations Coordinating Board was an informal and secretive committee of the National Security Council.


The OCB created in 1953 by Dwight D. 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.[1]


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.[2]

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

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  1. Gerard Colby, Charlotte Dennet: Thy Will be Done. The Conquest of The Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil. 263-266. Harpercollins, 1995.
  2. U.S. President's Committee on International Information Activities (Jackson Committee): Records, 1950-53