The Secretary of Defense (Forrestal) to the Secretary of State
Dear Mr. Secretary: I am forwarding herewith, for your information, a copy of a memorandum which was recently prepared by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in anticipation of the probable passage of the proposed Inter-American Military Cooperation Act (H.R. 3836, 80th Congress, 1st Session). Although this legislation was not adopted during the last session of Congress, I believe that the conclusions reached by the Joint Chiefs of Staff will nevertheless be of considerable interest to your Department. Moreover, in view of the possible enactment during [Page 216] the next Congress of some such law, these conclusions should serve as a useful guide in considering problems of Latin American aid.