The Secretary of State to the Secretary of War (Patterson)
My Dear Mr. Secretary: I enclose herewith copies of a paper prepared in the Department of State designed to form the basis for the position to be taken by the United States Representative in the Security Council of the United Nations during the forthcoming consideration in that body of the Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on December 14, 1946, concerning the “Principles governing the General Regulation and Reduction of Armaments.”
Officers of this Department have consulted informally with officials of the War and Navy Departments in the course of preparing this paper.
As consideration of this subject is expected to take place in the Security Council in the immediate future, this is a matter of great urgency. I should, therefore, appreciate it deeply if you and the Secretary of the Navy, to whom I am today sending a similar letter,1 could, after consultation with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, let me have your views on the enclosed paper as soon as possible.
It will not be necessary to have comments at the same time on the parenthetical paragraphs under points (3) and (5) of the enclosure, relating to the need for agreement upon necessary intra-governmental organizations and procedures. As these are, nevertheless, matters which [Page 342] require early action, I have asked the State Department member of the State–War–Navy Coordinating Committee to consult with his colleagues from the War and Navy Departments with a view to making appropriate recommendations as a matter of urgency.