2. Memorandum for the Record by Director of Central Intelligence McCone 1
Washington, January 8, 1964.
- Meeting with the President—5:30 on 8 January 1964
- Reviewed Estimate 11–142 as outlined in attached memorandum dated 8 January.
- Reviewed general reconnaissance satellite program, demonstrating two or three photos, particularly the one of Washington. Advised the President we had now identified 234 ICBM launch sites and about 700 IRBM launch sites, about 125 probably in operation. While this was a lesser number of ICBMs than we had, we must always bear in mind that they are very large and carry warheads in the several megaton range and this gives me concern.
- Advised the President we were going to conduct the inspection of the Dimona reactor in Israel starting January 14th, a good team had been selected from the AEC and I knew they were good because of the background of my personal relationship with them.
- Gave the President the memorandum on 20 Latin American countries which he retained to read.3
- Reviewed the status of Cuban economic developments, armed shipments and troop training as reported in [less than 1 line of source text not declassified] dated 8 January 1964, attached.
- Discussed briefing of Congressional Committee Chairmen. President advised he planned a dinner for the Chairmen and the senior minority members of principal committees and their wives. After dinner—the wives upstairs—he would ask me to give a 10-minute review of the Soviet economics; McNamara 5 minutes on the military posture; and Rusk 5 minutes on the political problems.
- Advised the President I had completed plans to brief the Heads of
State, Europe, as follows:
- President Segni and Saragat of Italy when they are here next week.
- Following week I would brief De Gaulle and others in Paris and Erhard and others in Bonn.
- Then I would brief Lord Home and his party when they are here in February.
- This was agreed.
- Reviewed briefly President Kennedy’s letter to me of January 16 and asked for reaffirmation of DCI responsibilities as outlined in the letter or any modifications which he desired.4 The President kept the letter and advised he would communicate.
- Source: Central Intelligence Agency, DCI (McCone) Files, DCI Meetings with the President, 01 January–30 April 1964, Box 6. No classification marking. An undated outline of topics for this briefing of the President is attached but not printed.↩
- Not further identified.↩
- Not further identified.↩
Foreign Relations, 1961–1963, vol. XXV, Document 99.↩
- Top Secret; [codeword not declassified].↩
- The typed number “220” is crossed out, and “234” was inserted by hand.↩