254. Memorandum From Director of Central Intelligence Hillenkoetter to the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (Souers)0

Reference is made to NSC 4–A (Report to the National Security Council by The Executive Secretary on Psychological Operations) as distributed under date of 9 December 1947,1 with particular reference to the proposed Directive To The Director of Central Intelligence.
In the event the subject project is implemented, it is requested that consideration be given to rewording paragraph 3.b., of the proposed Directive to The DCI as follows:

“b. The senior U.S. diplomatic representative in each area, and the military commander in each occupied area, will be kept informed of psychological operations being conducted in areas under their jurisdiction.”

We feel the suggested rewording will satisfy the intent of the original wording and will—
Provide greater security to our organized covert operations, and
Will follow the existing interdepartmental agreement that the senior U.S. representative in each foreign area is responsible for the coordination of all overt intelligence activities.
RH Hillenkoetter

Rear Admiral, USN
  1. Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 273, Records of the National Security Council, NSC Minutes, 4th Meeting. Top Secret.
  2. Document 253.