10. Letter From Secretary of State Rusk to Secretary of Defense McNamara 1
As I indicated in the NSC meeting February 1,2 I am sending you certain revisions in the memorandum concerning foreign policy considerations bearing on DOD budgetary planning which Secretary Herter sent to Secretary Gates in June 1960.3 This should be looked upon as preliminary to the long-range study of the U.S. military posture on which you and we are shortly to be engaged.
We will give this matter continuing study and will advise you of any further thoughts we may have.
I would be glad to discuss these considerations with you, or to have them discussed by our staffs, if you believe that this would be helpful.[Page 25]
I am sending a copy of this paper to Dave Bell.
- Source: Department of State, Central Files, 711.5/2-461. Secret. Drafted by Henry Owen of the Policy Planning Council and cleared in EUR and FE. Another copy is in the Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Departments and Agencies Series, State 2/2/61-2/16/61.↩
- See Document 8.↩
- This memorandum, dated June 30, 1960, emphasized increasing U.S. capability for operations short of general war and for counter-guerrilla activities. (Enclosure to memorandum from McGhee to Rusk, January 27, 1961; Department of State, S/S-NSC (Miscellaneous) Files: Lot 66 D 95, BNSP 1961-1962) The memorandum printed below closely follows the format and much of the substance of the June 30 memorandum, but with even greater emphasis on non-nuclear options in Europe and on counter-guerrilla capabilities elsewhere.↩
- Printed from a copy that indicates Rusk signed the original.↩