The Under Secretary of State ( Lovett ) to the Secretary of Defense ( Forrestal )
My Dear Mr. Secretary: I refer to Secretary Marshall’s letter of June 15, 1948 enclosing policy recommendations on Antarctica1 and to your reply of July 1, 1948.2 The Department of State has now worked out a definition of the area in Antarctica to be claimed by the United States. A copy is attached. It is desired to obtain the concurrence of the National Defense Establishment with this definition of the area. There is annexed also a map3 which shows the area contemplated by the textual definition. It is not expected, however, that any map will he issued or made public in connection with the announcement of the official American claim. It will be noted, of course, that the claim is not defined in terms of a sector.
In view of the conversations undertaken with the interested countries and the pending release of a commercial film on an American naval expedition to Antarctica, it is expected that there will be increasing publicity on this subject and I should like as soon as possible to be prepared to announce the American claim. It would therefore be appreciated if this matter could be given urgent attention. Mr. Samuel W. Boggs, the State Department Geographic Adviser, will make himself available if officers of the Defense Forces desire to confer with him on the subject.