The White House Situation Room Through the Years

The Situation Room, White House
Yoichi Okamoto / LBJ Library

War Room
President Lyndon B. Johnson, Walt Rostow and others look at relief map of the Khe Sanh area, Vietnam, on February 15, 1968. LBJ's predecessor, President John F. Kennedy created the situation room as an information center in May 1961 after he grew frustrated at the inability to work with real time information during the Bay of Pigs fiasco.

Get the Latest Photos from
Get TIME photos and pictures of the week delivered directly to your inbox.