The Secretary of the Air Force (Talbott) to the Secretary of State
Dear Mr. Secretary: I have reviewed the military and political aspects concerning the operation and maintenance of Roberts Field, Liberia. I believe that they are of such importance that it is in the national interest that Roberts Field continue to be operated and maintained by the United States Government. While the Air Force is unable to justify the current maintenance of this airfield on the basis of military necessity, it does have a possible important strategic value in case of an emergency. Accordingly, I wish to express the willingness of the Department of the Air Force to operate Roberts Field subsequent to June 30, 1953, provided it is determined that such an undertaking is in the national interest.