10. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs (Robertson) to Acting Secretary of State Herter0
- Contingency Paper on Indonesia
There is attached a paper on “Possible Contingencies in the Indonesian Situation” prepared at your request by a special working group consisting of representatives of State, Defense and CIA, with Mr. Howard Jones as Chairman.
At the meeting in which it was decided that such a paper should be prepared,1 the question of referring it to the NSC Planning Board was discussed but no decision was reached. In view of the sensitivity of the subject I believe it would be better not to pass this paper to the NSC Planning Board but to discuss it only with those of its members who must have this information.
- Source: Eisenhower Library, Project Clean Up, Indonesia. Top Secret. Drafted by Mein and concurred in by Howard P. Jones, Cumming, and Reams. On February 3 Max V. Krebs, Special Assistant to Under Secretary Herter, transmitted the contingency paper to Cutler at the request of Herter. His note indicates that the paper was not circulated to all members of the NSC Planning Board but that it was available to the Defense and CIA representatives on the Special Working Group.↩
- No record of this meeting was found.↩
- This contingency plan was discussed at a luncheon meeting of the OCB on February 5. According to informal and preliminary notes on that meeting by Arthur L. Richards, the Operations Coordinator, Murphy responded to Cutler’s question regarding action required by the plan “that the Contingency Plan was exactly that; that no action was to be taken by anyone at this time; that action would be taken only if one or more of the contingencies should arise.” (Department of State, S/S–NSC Files: Lot 62 D 1, Indonesia)↩