Memorandum by the Secretary of State to President Truman
Subject: Allocation of Section 303 Funds to Provide Police Equipment for the Indonesian Constabulary
The Department of State and the Department of Defense have agreed that a program of military assistance for the new Indonesian State is needed for purposes of providing military equipment to maintain the internal security of that country against communist encroachment. (Annex A, attached, gives supporting background prepared by the Department of State.) The staffs of the two Departments have estimated that the initial amount of funds required for this purpose is approximately $5 million. The Department of State believes that for urgent political considerations this equipment should be made available as quickly as possible, and proposes that the funds be obtained under authority of Section 303 of the Mutual Defense Assistance Act of 1949.
While the general objectives of the proposed program of military assistance to strengthen the Indonesian constabulary have been jointly agreed upon between the two Departments, the exact content of the program has not yet been formulated by the staffs of the interested agencies. Therefore, it is requested that the President at this time approve a program of military assistance to Indonesia, and that $5 million be reserved for this purpose, under Section 303 of the Mutual Defense Assistance Act. As in the case of assistance to other countries under the Mutual Defense Assistance Act of 1949, it is proposed that this assistance be administered by the Secretary of State in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the appropriate agencies.2
- Next to Secretary Acheson’s signature on the source text was the handwritten notation “Approved 1/9/50 Harry S Truman.” A memorandum of the Secretary’s meeting with President Truman on January 9 at which he approved this memorandum, not printed, is in file 856D.10/1–950.↩
- For documentation on The Hague Round Table
Conference, August 23–November 2, 1949, see
Foreign Relations, 1949, vol. vii, Part 1, pp. 474 ff.↩