SITUATION SUPPORT STAFF, WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF (WHSSS): Records, 1985-1989 – REAGAN LIBRARY COLLECTIONS

 

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SITUATION SUPPORT STAFF, WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF (WHSSS): Records, 1985-1989

 

The White House Situation Room has been in existence since the Kennedy administration and has evolved as a support function for the National Security Advisor.  During the Reagan Administration both the Director and Deputy Director of the Situation Room were located in the West Wing of the White House.  Records for the Situation Room are considered part of the National Security Council collection at the Reagan Library.  

 

In 1982, the Crisis Management Center (CMC) was set up under Richard Beal in the Old Executive Office Building and it acted as a “second situation room.” Much of its electronic and technological equipment was funded and provided by the Department of Defense. The CMC created its own documents and records and is considered a collection on its own at the Library.

The directors for the CMC include Richard Beal, Rod McDaniel and Michael Donley.  Mr. Donley greatly expanded the control and power of the CMC during his time as Director.  The CMC conference areas became a parallel situation room in the OEOB and important NSC meetings took place here such as Senior Interagency Group (SIG) meetings, etc.

 

In 1985, the Situation Room and the CMC were absorbed under a new entity, the White House Situation Support Staff (WHSSS).

 

The White House Situation Support Staff was created ca. 1985 to oversee the Crisis Management Center (CMC) and the Situation Room. The Situation Room has its own collection under the NSC Executive Secretariat for 1981-89.  At this time the Cordell Room in the OEOB was redone with additional state-of-the-art electronics and telecommunications equipment.

 

SERIES I: RECORDS OF PAST GAMES

RAC Box 1

HIS 1-1 Geneva Simulation of Public Diplomacy I (10/04/1985) (1)(2)

HIS 1-2 Public Diplomacy IV (09/25/1985) (1)(2)

HIS 1-3 Public Diplomacy III (10/29/1985) (1)-(3)

IN-HIS 1-4 Third World Opportunities Game (12/18/1985) (1)(2)

IN-HIS 1-5 Afghanistan Game (1)(2)

IN-HIS 1-6 Mideast Game 02/05/1986 Syria Lebanon Israel Game (1)(2)

IN-HIS 1-7 Iran Game 04/01/1986 (1)(2)

IN-HIS 1-8 Philippines Games IN-HIS 1-8a 08/27/1985 (1)-(5)

IN-HIS 1-8 Philippines Games IN-HIS 1-8a 08/27/1985 [Actually Geneva    Simulation 10/04/1985]

IN-HIS 1-8B 04/11/1986

IN-HIS 1-9 Libya Game 04/28/1986 (1)(2)

[IN-HIS 1-10 Present Arms 07/09/1986] Senior Player Notebook (1)-(3)

IN-HIS 1-10 Present Arms 07/09/1986

IN-HIS 1-11 US-Soviet-Pakistan Game 09/17/1986 (1)-(4)

IN-HIS 1-12 Western Europe Game 09/17/1986 (1)-(3)

IN-HIS 1-13 Iran-Iraq Game

 

RAC Box 2

IN-HIS 1-14 Tunisia Game 10/23/1986 (1)-(6)

IN-HIS 1-15 Nicaragua Game 10/24/1986 (1)-(4)

IN-HIS 1-16 Korea–State Department Game 11/18/1986

IN-HIS 1-17 South African Game

IN-HIS 1-18 Iran-OPEC Game 02/12/1987

IN-HIS 1-19 India Pakistan Game 03/24/1987 (1)-(3)

IN-HIS 1-20 "Path" Exercise at NDU (1)-(3)

IN-HIS 1-21 Persian Gulf 06/09/1987 (1)-(5)

IN-HIS 1-22 Mighty Derringer 86 (1)-(6)

IN-HIS 1-23 Mighty Derringer 87 (1)-(3)

IN-HIS 1-24 Power Sweep

IN-HIS 1-25 Hushed Brass September 1986 (1)-(3)

[IN-HIS 1-25 Hushed Brass September 1986:] Hushed Brass Simulation Working Papers

          (Binder) (1)-(4)

IN-HIS 1-26 Angola Game October 1987

IN-HIS 1-27 Brazilian Game November 1987

IN-HIS 1-28 Sudan Game April 1988

Exercise Proud Scout 88 (August-September 1987) NDU, Ft. McNair (DOD) (National

          Level Policy Cell)

Exercise Proud Scout 88 Phase I Player Book NSC Advisor (Binder) (1)-(4)

 

SERIES II: EXERCISES

          SUBSERIES A: Military Exercises

RAC Box 2, Continued

Military Exercises 1987 (March) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1987 (April) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1987 (May) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1987 (June) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1987 (July) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1987 (August) (Binder)

 

RAC Box 3

Military Exercises 1987 (September) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1987 (October) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1987 (November-December) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (January) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (February) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (March) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (April) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (May) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (June (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (July) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (August) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (September) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (October) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (November) (Binder)

Military Exercises 1988 (December) (Binder)

 

          SUBSERIES B: WHSSS Exercises and Simulations

RAC Box 3, Continued

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (May 1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (June 1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (07/01/1987-07/28/1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (07/29/1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (07/30/1987-07/31/1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (August 1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (September 1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (10/01/1987-10/15/1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (10/16/1987-10/31/1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (November 1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (December 1987)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (January-February 1988)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (March-May 1988)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (June-December 1988)

WHSS [Printouts re] Exercises (January 1989)

WHSS Simulations (1985)

WHSS Simulations (1986)

WHSS Simulations (January-May 1987)

WHSS Simulations (06/01/1987-06/07/1987)

WHSS Simulations (06/08/1987-06/30/1987)

WHSS Simulations (July 1987)

WHSS Simulations (August 1987)

WHSS Simulations (September 1987)

WHSS Simulations (October 1987)

WHSS Simulations (November 1987)

WHSS Simulations (December 1987)

WHSS Simulations (January-April 1988)

WHSS Simulations (May-September 1988)

WHSS Simulations (October 1988-January 1989)

 

SERIES III: PAST INCIDENTS

          SUBSERIES A: IN-HIS (Institutional History) Past Incidents

RAC Box 3, Continued

IN-HIS 4-5 Egypt: Sadat Assassination 10/06/1981

IN-HIS 4-7 Israel-Lebanon: War in Lebanon 06/04/1982

IN-HIS 4-8 Lebanon (Embassy) Bombing [04/18/1983]

IN-HIS 4-9 Beirut Embassy Bombing 04/18/1983

IN-HIS 4-10 Lebanon: Bombing of Marine Barracks on 10/23/1983

IN-HIS 4-11 Grenada: US Invasion 10/25/1983 (1)-(4)

IN-HIS 4-12 Rumsfeld Missions 11/28/1983-03/28/1984

IN-HIS 4-13 Lebanon: US Embassy Bombing on 09/20/1984

IN-HIS 4-14 India: Gandhi Assassination 10/31/1984

IN-HIS 4-16 TWA Hijacking 06/14/1985 (1)-(4)

IN-HIS 4-17 Achille Lauro Seizure 10/07/1985

IN-HIS 4-18 Terrorism: Egypt Air Hijacking 11/24/1985

IN-HIS 4-20 Libya: Freedom of Navigation Exercise 03/22/1986

IN-HIS 4-21 Libya: U.S. Airstrike 04/14/1986

IN-HIS 4-22 Pan Am Flight 73 Hijacking 09/05/1986

IN-HIS 4-23 Iraq: USS Stark Incident 05/17/1987

IN-HIS 4-24 Nicholas Daniloff Affair 08/30/1986 (1)(2)

 

          SUBSERIES B: Past Incidents Binders

RAC Box 4

Philippines (February 1986) (Binder) (1)-(4)

Chernobyl Nuclear Incident (April 1986) (Binder) (1)-(15)

Philippines (August 1987) (1)-(4)

USS Jarrett Engagement 09/21/1987 (Binder) (1)-(4)

Possible Iranian Attack on Saudi Oil Platforms (October 1987) (Binder) (1)(2)

US-Iranian Naval Engagement 10/08/1987 (Binder) (1)(2)

Sea Isle City Attack 10/18/1987 (Binder) (1)-(7)

Background on Haiti 11/29/1987-12/02/1987 (Binder) (1)(2)

Nicaragua/Honduras (March 1988) (Binder) (1)-(6)

 

RAC Box 5

Kuwait Air 422 Hijacking (April 1988) (Binder) (1)-(8)

USS Roberts Mining Incident Volume I (Binder) (1)-(5)

USS Roberts Mining Incident Volume II (Binder) (1)-(7)

Iranian Engagement of USS Vincennes 07/03/1988 (1)-(7)

Crash of President Zia's Aircraft – Bahawalpur, Pakistan 08/17/1988 (1)-(4)

Lebanon's Presidential Elections September 1988 (Binder) (1)-(4)

Release of US Hostage in Lebanon 10/03/1988 (1)(2)

COSMOS 1900 (Binder) (1)-(4)

Coup Attempt Maldives 11/02/1988 (Binder) (1)-(4)

Pan American Flight 103 Crash Lockerbie, Scotland 12/21/1988 (1)-(5)

USSR: Armenian Earthquake Update (Binder) (1)-(4)

Shootdown of Two Libyan Floggers by F14s from USS Kennedy 01/04/1989

 

SERIES IV: NATIONAL SECURITY DEVELOPMENTS

RAC Box 5, Continued

National Security Developments January-March 1985

National Security Developments April-June 1985

National Security Developments July-September 1985

National Security Developments October-December 1985

National Security Developments June 1986 [Coattails 1] (Binder) (1)(2)

National Security Developments July 1986 [Coattails 2] (Binder) (1)-(3)

[National Security Developments August 1986] Coattails 3 (Binder) (1)-(3)

[National Security Developments September 1986] Coattails 4 (Binder) (1)-(4)

 

RAC Box 6

[National Security Developments October 1986] Tophat/Coattails 5 (Binder) (1)-(5)

National Security Developments November 1986 [Coattails 6] (Binder) (1)-(4)

[National Security Developments December 1986] Coattails 7 (Binder) (1)-(6)

[National Security Developments January 1987] Coattails 8 (Binder) (1)-(3)

National Security Developments February 1987 [Coattails 9] (Binder) (1)-(3)

[National Security Developments March 1987] Coattails 10 (Binder) (1)(2)

[National Security Developments April 1987] Coattails 11

[National Security Developments May 1987] Coattails 12 (Binder) (1)-(4)

[National Security Developments June 1987] Coattails 13 (Binder) (1)-(6)

[National Security Developments July 1987] Coattails 14 (Binder) (1)-(6)

[National Security Developments August 1987] Coattails 15 (Binder) (1)-(4)

National Security Developments September 1987 (Binder)

National Security Developments October 1987 (Binder)

National Security Developments November 1987 (Binder)

 

RAC Box 7

National Security Developments December 1987 (Binder) (1)(2)

National Security Developments January 1988 (Binder)

National Security Developments February 1988 (Binder)

National Security Developments March 1988 (Binder) (1)(2)

National Security Developments April 1988 (Binder) (1)(2)

National Security Developments May 1988 (Binder) (1)(2)

National Security Developments July 1988 (Binder) (1)(2)

National Security Developments August 1988 (Binder) (1)-(3)

National Security Developments September 1988 (Binder) (1)(2)

National Security Developments October 1988 (Binder) (1)(2)

National Security Developments November 1988 (Binder) (1)(2)

 

SERIES V: BRIEFING BOOKS

RAC Box 7, Continued

[Trip Briefing Book Format]

The President's Trip to Indonesia 04/25/1986-05/02/1986 (Binder) (1)(2)

[Geneva Summit] (1)(2)

The First Lady's Trip to Bali - Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok 04/29/1986-05/05/1986 (Binder)

          (1)-(3)

The Trip of President Reagan to Indonesia/the ASEAN Conference and the Tokyo

          Economic Summit 04/25/1986-05/07/1986 (Binder) (1)-(4)

National Security Council Crisis Management Center – Iceland (Binder) (1)-(5)

President Reagan's Trip to Reykjavik, Iceland 10/10/1986-10/12/1986 Overall Briefing

          Book (Binder) (1)-(3)

President Reagan's Trip to Reykjavik 10/10/1986-10/12/1986 Background Book (Binder)

          (1)-(5)

 

RAC Box 8

President Reagan's Trip to Ottawa, Canada 04/05/1987-04/06/1987 Briefing Book

          (Binder)

The Trip of President Reagan to Italy and the Federal Republic of Germany

          06/03/1987-06/12/1987 (Binder) (1)(2)

The Trip of President Reagan to Italy and the Federal Republic of Germany

          06/03/1987-06/12/1987 (Binder) (Copy) (1)(2)

The Trip of President Reagan to Italy and the Federal Republic of Germany

          06/03/1987-06/12/1987 (Binder) (with President's T.P. Cards) (1)(2)

The Participation of President Reagan in the Venice Economic Summit Briefing Book

          06/08/1987-06/11/1987 (Binder) (1)-(3)

Soviet/US Summit Washington, DC 12/08/1987-12/10/1987 (1)-(4)

US-USSR Summit Washington, DC (Binder) (1)-(7)

Visit of President Reagan to the NATO Summit 03/02/1988-03/93/1988 (Binder) (1)-(5)

Visit of President Reagan to the NATO Summit 03/02/1988-03/93/1988 (Binder) (Copy)

          (1)-(5)

President Reagan's Meeting with General Secretary Gorbachev 05/29/1988-06/02/1988

          Background Book (Binder) (1)-(3)

President Reagan's Meeting with General Secretary Gorbachev 05/29/1988-06/02/1988

          Briefing Book (Binder) (1)-(3)

The Meetings of President Reagan Helsinki, Moscow, London Briefing Book (Binder)

          (Helsinki 05/25/1988-05/26/1988)

The Meetings of President Reagan Helsinki, Moscow, London Briefing Book (Binder)

          (Helsinki 05/27/1988-05/29/1988)

The Meetings of President Reagan Helsinki, Moscow, London Briefing Book (Binder)

          (Moscow 05/29/1988-05/30/1988)

The Meetings of President Reagan Helsinki, Moscow, London Briefing Book (Binder)

          (Moscow 05/31/1988)

The Meetings of President Reagan Helsinki, Moscow, London Briefing Book (Binder)

          (Moscow 06/01/1988-06/02/1988) (1)(2)

The Meetings of President Reagan Helsinki, Moscow, London Briefing Book (Binder)

          (London 06/02/1988-06/03/1988)

The Meetings of President Reagan Helsinki, Moscow, London Briefing Book (Binder)

          (06/04/1988-06/13/1988)

 

RAC Box 9

The President's Trip to Toronto for the Economic Summit 06/19/1988-06/21/1988)    (Binder) (1)-(6)

Briefing Book for Foreign Minister Shevardnadze Meeting with Secretary of State Shultz

          09/22/1988-09/23/1988 (Binder)

 

SERIES VI: MIDDLE EAST TERRORISM

RAC Box 9, Continued

Libya (Binder) I (1)(2)

Libya (Binder) II (1)(2)

Post Libya Leak 1986 (1)-(3)

[Libya] December 1985

[Libya] December 1985-01/05/1986

[Libya] 01/06/1986-01/15/1986

[Libya] 01/16/1986-01/31/1986

[Libya] February 1986

Libyan Working File (02/07/1986-04/10/1986)

Libyan Working File (04/11/1986-04/16/1986)

Libyan Working File (04/17/1986-04/30/1986)

Libyan Working File (05/01/1986-05/16/1986)

Libyan Working File (05/17/1986-05/21/1986)

Libyan Working File (05/22/1986-05/29/1986)

Libyan Working File (05/30/1986-06/30/1986)

Libyan Working File (07/01/1986-08/15/1986)

Libyan Working File (08/16/1986-12/31/1986)

Hostage-Iran (08/28/1986-11/20/1986)

Hostage-Iran (11/21/1986-11/30/1986)

Hostage-Iran (12/01/1986-12/11/1986)

Hostage-Iran (12/12/1986)

Evolution of the Issue (1)-(3)

Document Log Sheets

Access Agreements

NSC Distribution Record

Originals

(1) Talking Points 07/17/1985

(2) Security Plan 07/17/1985

(3) Draft Agenda 07/18/1985

(4) [Leaks Issue] 07/18/1985

(5) Questions 07/18/1985

(6) Talking Points 07/19/1985

(7) Draft Agenda 07/19/1985

(8) Agenda for Talking Points 07/22/1985 (1)(2)

(9) Scene-Setter 07/22/1985

(10) Taskings 07/23/1985

(11) Talking Points 07/29/1985

(12) Planning Paper 07/29/1985

(13) Talking Points for Meeting with Mubarak 08/06/1985

(14) Talking Points 08/07/1985

(15) Libya: Targeting Study 08/16/1985

(16) DOD Team of Reference 08/16/1985

(17) Suggested Edits for Talking Points Received from Mr. St. Martin 08/16/1985

(18) Terms of Reference for Contingency Planning 08/22/1985

(19) Terms of Reference 08/26/1985 (1)(2)

[Terms of Reference – NSPG 09/03/1985] (Unfoldered Material)

[Terms of Reference – Notes and Drafts 09/03/1985] (Envelope)

(20) Terms of Reference 09/04/1985

(21) Terms of Reference 09/06/1985

(22) Summary of Contingency Planning Discussions 09/18/1985

(23) Meeting with Mubarak 09/20/1985

(24) Modification to Military Planning TOR 01/14/1986

(25) Revisions to Contingency Planning TOR 01/16/1986

(26) Revisions to Contingency Planning TOR 01/22/1986

(27) Revisions to Contingency Planning TOR 01/24/1986

(28) Contingency Planning 02/05/1986

[Amendments to Revised Contingency Planning TOR] Envelope)

(29) Revisions to Contingency Planning TOR 02/07/1986

 

SERIES VII: CABLE TRAFFIC RECEIPTS

RAC Box 9, Continued

[Special Counsellor's Message Traffic] (January 1987)

[Special Counsellor's Message Traffic] (February 1987)

[Special Counsellor's Message Traffic] (March 1987)