President's Daily Brief Media Kit
CIA Director John Brennan released daily intelligence briefings known as the President's Daily Brief, commonly called "PDBs," at a symposium at the LBJ Presidential Library on Sept. 16, 2015. The PDBs, which contain intelligence analysis on crucial national security concerns, date from June 1961 in the early years of the Kennedy administration through the end of President Johnson's term in January 1969. Only the president, vice president, and a small group of officials designated by the president receive the daily briefing. Not only did the PDBs include an update on actions inside countries, it also provided analysis, observations, and details of foreign propaganda campaigns.
The CIA has made the documents available on their website.
The LBJ Library has selected portions from the released PDBs as examples of information provided to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
The Navy forced a Soviet submarine to the surface 350 miles south of Bermuda. Called "The Cuban Problem," the report includes a map of offensive missile locations in Cuba and photographs show that there has been no slackening in the pace of construction work at the missile sites.
A report on a recent coup in Syria and new President Amin al-Hafiz. The coup brings the Baathists to power, and Hafez al-Assad (father of the current Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad) is a participant in the coup and part of the new government. The report outlines reactions in Egypt and Iraq.
Three days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, confirmation that Lee Harvey Oswald had been in Mexico City visiting the Cuban and Soviet embassies.
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev solidifies his political power and observes his 60th birthday with adulation, a celebration described as a "whopper." Also, a report on the Soviet-U.S. space race to the moon.
The UN's ceasefire is being ignored. It is believed that Israeli tanks are moving into parts of Jordan, possibly to attack Syria. The Israelis have achieved their military objectives in the Sinai Peninsula. Mobs in Saudi Arabia have attacked U. S. installations. Refugees from the war are moving into Jordan. Americans in the region could be in danger.
The North Vietnamese provide an analysis of U.S. political attitudes on the Vietnam War, following the devastating Tet Offensive. American General William Westmoreland is called "boastful" and President Johnson is confused 'as the man in the moon.'