Memorandum by Mr. Howard C. Johnson of the Division of International Security Affairs to the Director of the Office of Special Politcal Affairs (Hiss)
Subject: Consideration of the Regulation of Armaments by the SWNOC Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Security Functions of the United Nations
In December 1945 the Joint Strategic Survey Committee prepared a paper for the approval of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the regulation of armaments,76 a paper designed to serve as guidance for the U.S. members of the Military Staff Committee. JCS considered the paper unsatisfactory and referred it back to JSSC for further study [Page 756] in the light of additional factors suggested by JCS. JCS also forwarded the attached memorandum to SWNCC, suggesting that the SWNCC Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Security Functions of the United Nations undertake a preliminary study of the matter.
On December 28, 1945 SWNCC referred this memorandum to the Ad Hoc Subcommittee for necessary action. No action has been taken as yet in the Subcommittee. It has not been pushed by the State Department since it was considered desirable that the Department have its own position somewhat clarified before entering discussions with the service departments; it was understood informally that War Department staff officers also believed that some initial guidance from the State Department would be essential.
IS expects to complete next week a paper which might be used as a basis for discussion;80 it will not set forth a definitive position on the regulation of armaments. We believe that there would be substantial advantage in bringing together a State-War-Navy working group as early as practicable for further work on the subject.
It is recommended that you, as chairman of the Subcommittee now charged with action on the development of the U.S. position on the regulation of armaments, raise informally with the other members of the Subcommittee the desirability of setting up a working group to draft papers on the subject for the consideration of the Subcommittee. It would be desirable to have at least two members from each Department on the working group. IS considers it essential that IS be represented on the working group, and suggests that it would be desirable to have EUR represented if possible.
- Lot 55D323, certain files of the Office of Special Political Affairs and its successor offices, 1946–1951.↩
- Not printed.↩
- Presumably an antecedent draft of SWNCC/MS UNO Doc. 28, June 5, prepared in the Division of International Security Affairs; for partial text of that document, see p. 833.↩
- Circulated as SWNCC 240/D, December 28, 1945.↩