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Daily Summary

Daily Summary

This historical release includes the Daily Summary from 11 March - 31 December 1946 (245 documents/856 pages).

Since 1946, US intelligence has provided a coordinated, daily report for the President. Those early reports bear little resemblance to today’s President's Daily Brief, or PDB, which the IC provides to the President and his senior national security advisors. In January 1946, President Truman—unhappy that there was no coordinated method of informing the President—directed the Secretaries of State, War, and Navy to jointly establish a Central Intelligence Group (CIG), to be headed by a Director of Central Intelligence appointed by the President.

  • The CIG published what was called the Daily Summary between 15 February 1946 and 28 February 1951, during which time the CIG became the CIA.
  • The Daily Summary from 11 March - 31 December 1946 focused on the aftermath of World War II, specifically US efforts to stabilize war-torn Europe and East Asia. The reports through the year broadened to include more world-wide concerns. It seemed no country was untouched by the threat of starvation, civil unrest or the potential of new hostilities. By the end of 1946, the Daily Summary included more background on leadership struggles worldwide, US financial aid, and the ever-growing cloud of communist expansionism.

Part 1: Daily Summary 15 February - 9 March 1946

Part 2: Daily Summary 11 March - 31 December 1946

See declassified President’s Daily Briefs from the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford administrations.

Documents in this Collection

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