James Lay was in 1949 appointed as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. The NSC was established by the National Security Act of 1947 and amended by the National Security Act of 1949. Later in 1949, as part of the Reorganization Plan, the Council was placed in the Executive Office of the President. The President chairs the NSC and regular attendees include the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the statutory military advisor to the Council, and the Director of Central Intelligence is the intelligence advisor.
Relevance to Majestic Documents
James S. Lay, Jr. is listed as one of the Members of Mission in the “White Hot” report of 19 September 1947. Prior to his appointment with the NSC, Lay was the assistant to the former Executive Secretary of the NSC, Sydney Souers. Souers is listed as a Majestic 12 Group member in the “Eisenhower Briefing Document.”
James S. Lay Jr.’s FBI File (2.4 MB)