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Presidential Review Memorandums (PRM)
[Carter Administration, 1977-81]

President Carter changed the name of the documents in the decision-making process, although the mechanics of NSC review differed little from that of previous administrations. The Presidential Review Memorandum (PRM) replaced the National Security Study Memorandum (NSSM), and the Presidential Directive (PD) supplanted the National Security Decision Memorandum (NSDM). PRMs identified topics to be researched by the NSC, defined the problem to be analyzed, set a deadline for the completion of the study, and assigned responsibility for it to one of the two NSC committees. If the selected committee were the Policy Review Committee, a member was designated to serve as study chairman. The study chairman assigned an ad hoc working group to complete the study, which was ultimately reviewed by the responsible committee (either the PRC or SCC). When the committee was satisfied that the study had incorporated meaningful options and supporting arguments, the study's conclusions went to the President in a 2- or 3-page memorandum, which in turn formed the basis for a Presidential Directive.

Asterisk key:
     - 0 asterisk - the document has been declassified and released in full
  * - 1 asterisk - the document has been declassified and released in part
** - 2 asterisks - the document has not been reviewed for release or release has been denied in full

Number

Document Title

Date

PRM 1 Panama 21 Jan 77
PRM 2 SALT 24 Jan 77
PRM 3 Middle East 21 Jan 77
PRM 4 South Africa and Rhodesian Negotiations 21 Jan 77
PRM 5 Cyprus / Agean 21 Jan 77
PRM 6 Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction Talks 21 Jan 77
PRM 7 International Summit 21 Jan 77
PRM 8 North - South Strategy 21 Jan 77
PRM 9 Comprehensive Review of European Issues 01 Feb 77
PRM 10 Comprehensive Net Assessment and Military Force Posture Review 18 Feb 77
PRM 11 Intelligence Structure and Mission 22 Feb 77
PRM 12 Arms Transfer Policy Review 26 Jan 77
PRM 13* Korea 26 Jan 77
PRM 14 Phillipine Base Negotiations 26 Jan 77
PRM 15 Nuclear Proliferation 21 Jan 77
PRM 16 Nuclear Testing 25 Jan 77
PRM 17 Review of US Policy Toward Latin America 26 Jan 77
PRM 18 Law of the Sea Policy Review 02 Feb 77
PRM 19 Micronesian Status Negotiations 15 Feb 77
PRM 20** Cooperation with France 22 Feb 77
PRM 21 The Horn of Africa 17 Mar 77
PRM 22** A National Integrated Telecommunications Protection Policy 24 Mar 77
PRM 23 A Coherent US Space Policy 28 Mar 77
PRM 24* People's Republic of China 05 Apr 77
PRM 25 Arms Control in Indian Ocean Area 07 Apr 77
PRM 26 ABM Treaty Review 14 May 77
PRM 27 Chemical Warfare 19 May 77
PRM 28 Human Rights 20 May 77
PRM 29 A Comprehensive Review of the Classification System 01 Jun 77
PRM 30 Terrorism 02 Jun 77
PRM 31 Export Control of US Technology 18 Aug 77
PRM 32 Civil Defense 30 Sep 77
PRM 33 Science and Technology in Developing Countries 16 Feb 78
PRM 34 North Africa 14 Apr 78
PRM 35 International Communication Policy 28 Apr 78
PRM 36 Soviet / Cuban Presence in Africa 23 May 78
PRM 37 Chemical Weapons 16 Jun 78
PRM 38 Long-range Theater Nuclear Capabilities and Arms Control 22 Jun 78
PRM 39 Economic Implications of a Middle East Peace Settlement 78 Jun 26
PRM 40** Military Survey Teams 01 Aug 78
PRM 41 Review of US Policies Toward Mexico 14 Aug 78
PRM 42** Framework of US Strategy for Non-military Competition with the Soviet Union 24 Aug 78
PRM 43** United States Global Military Presence 24 Aug 78
PRM 44** Export of Oil and Gas Production Technology to USSR 21 Sep 78
PRM 45 US Policy Toward Korea 22 Jan 79
PRM 46* Review of US Policy Toward Central America 04 May 79
PRM 46* forgeryBlack Africa and the U.S. Movement 17 March 78
PRM 47** President's Plan for Selective Service System Reform 12 Oct 79

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