32. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of War for Air (Lovett) to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Military Intelligence of the War Department General Staff (Bissell)0


  • Report on Intelligence Matters

1. The Secretary of War has appointed the following committee to advise him on certain intelligence matters, particularly those relating to [Page 71] the subject of the foreign intelligence activities of the Nation and of the War Department:

  • Robert A. Lovett, Assistant Secretary of War for Air—Chairman
  • Major General H.A. Craig, OPD
  • Major General E.R. Quesada, AAF
  • Major General W.G. Wyman, AGF
  • Colonel J.M. Roamer, ASF
  • Brigadier General John Magruder, SSU
  • Brigadier General C.W. Clarke, G–2

2. The above committee has been directed to make a preliminary report to the Secretary of War not later than 3 November 1945. It is most anxious to have the benefit of the views and recommendations of the individuals to whom this memorandum is addressed at the outset of its consideration of the various problems involved.

3. Each of the individuals to whom this memorandum is addressed is therefore requested to furnish to the undersigned not later than 27 October 1945 a report covering the following subjects, as fully as possible in the time available:

Part I

The organization of the individual’s particular unit as now constituted, together with a statement of the functions discharged thereby based on current directives and practices.
A description of the relations that have existed between the individual’s unit and other intelligence units in the government during the period of the war.
A frank appraisal of the operations of the individual’s unit during the war period, with particular reference to the fields in which it is believed intelligence service could have been improved.
A frank appraisal of the over-all operations of all government intelligence units during the course of the war, with particular reference to those in the War Department and the Office of Strategic Services. This part of the report should contain the writer’s opinion as to the existence of unnecessary duplication, and also of lack of coordination, if any, between the various government intelligence units.
Such other comments as the writer regards as pertinent on the over-all intelligence organization of the United States Government during the war period.

Part II

The individual’s recommendations as to the most desirable organization and program for the foreign intelligence activities of the United States Government for the future. There should be included here [Page 72] the writer’s views with respect to the desirability of establishing a central foreign intelligence unit, the place or department in the Federal Government where this unit should be located, and the broad functions, responsibilities and composition of such a central unit. If a central intelligence unit is advocated the report should contain the writer’s views as to whether its functions should include those of the collection of information, or whether it should be limited to such matters as research, analysis and evaluation, and dissemination.
A statement of the field that should be covered by the War Department in the over-all government intelligence program. This part of the report should indicate the relationship that should exist between the War Department intelligence agencies and the central agency, if recommended, and also the relation between the War Department agencies and intelligence agencies created in other departments.
A brief statement as to the scope of the intelligence functions that should be performed under the recommended plan by the Navy, the State Department and other individual government departments.
A description of the recommended division within the War Department of the intelligence functions which, under the plan proposed, are to be assigned to the War Department.
Recommendations as to the immediate disposition or assignment that should be made within the War Department, or elsewhere, of the personnel, facilities and functions of the various units of the former OSS organization, which have been recently transferred to the War Department.

4. The above reports are to set forth the opinions of the individuals to whom this memorandum is addressed, and need not represent the formal conclusions of the units to which the individuals belong. However, each individual is requested to consult freely with the officers in important positions in his unit, and if views are held by others in the unit which differ radically from those expressed in the reports, either a statement to that effect should be appended, or memoranda setting forth the differing views should be submitted.

5. Reports are to be submitted directly to the undersigned without formal clearance through channels. Eight copies of each report are desired.

By direction of the Secretary of War:
Robert A. Lovett1
  1. Source: Central Intelligence Agency Historical Files, Penrose Document No. 12. Secret. Also addressed to the Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations Division; the Assistant Chief of Air Staff–2; the Assistant Chief of Staff, G–2, Army Ground Forces; the Director of Intelligence, Army Service Forces; the Director, Strategic Services Unit; and the Chief of the Special Planning Division, War Department Special Staff.
  2. Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.