148. Memorandum by the Director of Central Intelligence (Souers)0
Washington, April 29, 1946.
DEVELOPMENT OF INTELLIGENCE ON U.S.S.R.
- By informal arrangement under the coordination of the C.I.G., M.I.S.. has sponsored the organization of a Planning Committee, with representation of the C.I.G., State Department, M.I.S.., O.N.I., and A–2, to formulate a plan to utilize the facilities of all interested Government agencies for the production of the highest possible quality of intelligence on the U.S.S.R. in the shortest possible time. It was agreed that C.I.G. would take over formal sponsorship of the project at the earliest possible moment, but that meanwhile active work on it would be started.
- The Planning Committee has drawn up a plan for Development of Intelligence on the U.S.S.R. which has been approved informally by each of you. The plan provides that after such approval, formal action will be arranged for as deemed advisable by C.I.G.
- Paragraph 3 of N.I.A. Directive No. 1 provides a procedure by which the necessary formal directive can be published and carried out by unanimous approval of the Director of Central Intelligence and the Intelligence Advisory Board, without action by the National Intelligence Authority.
- A draft of a formal directive is enclosed. If all members of the Intelligence Advisory Board concur in the draft without substantial change, a meeting will not be necessary. It is recommended that the draft be approved and that each member of the Intelligence Advisory Board arrange for any additional implementation required by this Department.
Sidney W. Souers 1