The Assistant Secretary of State (Braden) to the Acting Secretary of War (Royall)
My Dear Mr. Royall: The receipt is acknowledged of your letter of January 6, 1946, to Mr. Acheson concerning the furnishing of certain military aircraft to the other American republics.
In the foregoing connection I had the pleasure of discussing the so-called Adjusted Interim Latin American Aircraft Requirements Program with General of the Army Arnold and Major General Walsh on January 8. At this meeting it was agreed that the State Department approves the Interim Program as set forth on the attached sheet6 subject to the understanding that:
- No airplanes will be made available for the present to Argentina, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua or Paraguay.
- The furnishing of airplanes to the other thirteen American
republics will be subject:
- to the concurrence with respect to each country of the American Ambassador concerned, and
- to the desires of each country, should it not wish to receive the full number approved by the American Ambassador for that country.
General Arnold also agreed that any “implied commitment” with regard to military airplanes resulting from the staff conversations will have been discharged by furnishing the aircraft comprising the Adjusted Interim Program, and that the United States is under no further obligation with respect to supplying additional military airplanes.
General Arnold agreed that a decision concerning supplying future aircraft should be made subsequent to policy decisions involving the extent and nature of military collaboration between this country and the other American republics.
- See facing page.↩