The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of the Navy (Sullivan)1
The Acting Secretary of State encloses for the Secretary of the Navy five copies of a memorandum on American Antarctic policy.
This memorandum consists of a brief synopsis and a fuller statement ending with a conclusion and recommendation.2 There are two attachments to the Memorandum. 1. A brief statement on the value of Antarctica,3 and 2. An excerpt from a Department of State Policy and Information Statement summarizing very briefly the history of American Antarctic policy.4 In addition, the memorandum is accompanied by a study of the History and Current Status of Claims in Antarctica recently prepared in the Department of State.5 A related study entitled Basis for Possible U.S. Claims in Antarctica (OIR Report No. 4436, Sept 12, 1947)6 has previously been circulated by the Department of State to the interested Divisions of the Department of Navy.
It will be noted that in this material care has been taken to avoid any position which might lead to the re-enforcement of the “sector principle” in the Antarctic.
The comment of the Navy Department will be appreciated upon the recommendation embodied in this memorandum as well as upon problems related thereto. A similar letter is being addressed to the Departments of Army and Interior.
- Identical communications, mutatis mutandis, were sent to the Departments of Army and Interior on December 11, and to the Departments of Commerce, and Air Force on December 16.↩
- Of the memorandum attached to the source text, only the brief synopsis is printed here. The fuller statement comprised 11 typewritten pages and ended with a conclusion and recommendation substantially the same as those set forth in the synopsis.↩
- Not printed.↩
- Dated January 27, p. 1043.↩
- OIR Report No. 4296, November 24, prepared by the Map Intelligence Division, Office of Intelligence Collection and Dissemination, Department of State (93 pp.); not printed.↩
- Prepared by the Special Adviser on Geography of the Department of State; not printed.↩
- See numbered paragraphs 2 and 4 of the annexed memorandum by the Geographic Adviser. [Footnote in the source text; memorandum not printed.]↩