382. Memorandum From the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (Bundy) to the Deputy Secretary of Defense (Gilpatric)0
- Defense Interest in the Union of South Africa
Attached is a memorandum, prepared at your request, concerning the importance of the Union of South Africa to U.S. naval and maritime [Page 596] interests. This memorandum could serve as the basis for such discussion of this matter as you may wish to initiate with Mr. Bowles.
In addition, the Air Force has raised with ISA the desirability of inviting Mr. Bowles and Mr. Williams to visit the Air Force Missile Test Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. They have suggested a visit on or about the 14th of June because, if present schedules are maintained, that period offers an excellent opportunity to witness missile launchings. The Air Force would make appropriate arrangements for transportation and accommodations.
We concur that such a visit could be valuable. It might give Mr. Bowles and Mr. Williams a more concrete grasp of the operations and objectives of the Atlantic Missile Range, out of which such problems as the South African tracking station have been generated. If you agree, it is recommended that you extend the invitation. If Mr. Bowles or Mr. Williams is interested, we would undertake through the Air Force to make the necessary detailed arrangements with the State Department staff.