Interim Committee Meetings

In the spring of 1945, President Harry S. Truman set up the Interim Committee on Atomic Energy to discuss policy options regarding using nuclear weapons in combat and the possible political implications such a use might have. The Interim Committee, chaired by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, comprised top US government officials and scientists involved in the Manhattan Project. The Interim Committee issued a report advising that a nuclear weapon should be used without warning against a military target in Japan as soon as possible.