The Secretary of Defense (Lovett) to the Secretary of State
Dear Mr. Secretary: I refer to a letter from the Assistant Secretary of State for United Nations Affairs to Mr. Nash, dated 1 May 1952,1 enclosing for this Department’s consideration, a draft of a working paper intended for submission in Committee I of the Disarmament Commission, entitled “Numerical Limitation of Armed Forces” (RAC (NS) D–4).2
The working paper has been considered by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and their comments, in which I am in general agreement, are enclosed herewith.
It is the view of the Department of Defense that the proposal contained in RAC (NS) D–4, specifying a numerical limitation of armed forces, does not constitute, in itself, a sound and comprehensive approach to the problem of the formulation of a plan for the regulation of conventional armaments and armed forces. The proposal, if made, should be clearly regarded as a political expedient. It should serve only as a means of initiating detailed discussions during which all the complex factors of the problem of disarmament will be considered in order to arrive at a solution which, in the final stage of negotiations, will be in treaty form. In any event, it is essential that the proposals contained in the working paper should be amended in accordance with paragraph 8 of the comments of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[Page 942]
Subject to the above comments, I approve RAC (NS) D–4 for appropriate use by the United States Representative on the United Nations Disarmament Commission in the light of the urgent political necessity for a proposal by the United States in this specific field.
- Ante, p. 912.↩
- RAC (NS) D–4, Apr. 30, is not printed. (Disarmament files, lot 58 D 133, “RAC (NS) Documents”)↩
- Not found in Department of State files.↩
- For text of NSC 68/4, “U.S. Objectives and Programs for National Security,” Dec. 14, 1950, see Foreign Relations, 1950, vol. i, p. 467. For text of NSC 112, “Formulation of a U.S. Position With Respect to the Regulation, Limitation and Balanced Reduction of Armed Forces and Armaments”, July 6, 1951, see ibid., 1951, vol. i, p. 477. For extracts from NSC 114/2, “U.S. Programs for National Security”, Oct. 12, 1951, see ibid., p. 182.↩
- The memorandum by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Secretary of Defense, Mar. 11, has not been found in Department of State files. However, the position of the JCS was outlined by Secretary Lovett in a letter to Assistant Secretary of State Hickerson dated Mar. 25, p. 877.↩