810.20 Defense/2–2645: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Ecuador (Scotten)

143. ReEmbs 164, February 26, 10 a.m.27 War Department reports General Brett is having programs printed, and it is hoped they will reach you shortly. However, in your discretion if it appears necessary, you may communicate informally to Ecuadoran authorities before receipt of program following main points which it is expected will be included in the program [of staff conversations].

Reexamination of existing military arrangements and establishment on a permanent basis of military relations of the United States and Ecuador.

For the ground, air, and naval forces of Ecuador:

Consideration of the mission of each branch and the approximate size and composition of the forces desired.
Possibility of producing standardization of equipment and advantages of organizing armed forces in accordance with United States standards.
Possibility of training Ecuadoran armed forces on United States principles, including extension of training facilities in United States and use by Ecuador of United States military, naval, and air missions.

  1. Not printed.