Memorandum by the Director for International Security Affairs (Cabot) to the Secretary of State 1
Subject: U.S. Position on Canadian Proposal to Reorganize NATO.
Mr. Spofford has informed me that you gave your blessing at lunch on Tuesday to the attached short statement of a U.S. counter-proposal to the Canadian reorganization plan. He was unable to see Mr. Lovett2 prior to departure, but telephoned him from New York and also asked me to send Mr. Lovett copy of the document. This, I did, indicating that I understood you had approved the proposal.
In the ISAC meeting yesterday,5 General Burns said he planned to recommend to Mr. Lovett that this State proposal, together with the original Canadian proposal, be referred to the JCS.
This morning, Mr. Lovett phoned me as indicated by attached memo. I have informed Mr. Spofford.6
- The source text bears the handwritten notation “Sec[retary] saw.”↩
- Robert A. Lovett, Deputy Secretary of Defense.↩
- Maj. Gen. James H. Burns.↩
- Col. Royden E. Beebe, Jr.↩
- The meeting of February 2 was the first meeting of the International Security Affairs Committee. The participants included W. Averell Harriman, Special Assistant to the President, and representatives of ECA and the Departments of State, Defense, and the Treasury.↩
- Telegram Todep 237 to London, February 3, not printed (740.5/2–351). This telegram also briefly summarized the proceedings of the ISAC meeting, most of which were concerned with organizational and procedural matters.↩
- Drafted by Ridgway B. Knight (RA).↩
- Presumably enclosure 1.↩