216. Letter From the Chairman of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (Taylor) to Secretary of Defense Clifford 1

Dear Clark:

Your letter of 20 September2 will be most helpful to your old colleagues of the FIAB in dealing with the intelligence aspects of its central theme. Although aware of some of them, I found the tabulation of DOD efforts in the field most impressive and would like to take advantage of your offer of a briefing on some of them.

With regard to the use of IDA, Rand, etc. for studies in this field, speaking under my IDA hat I can assure you of IDA’s readiness to work on any aspect of these problems which are within its competence.


Maxwell D. Taylor 3
  1. Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Vol. 2 [1 of 4], Box 6. Top Secret. Attached to a September 24 note from Taylor to Rostow indicating that “Unless you have other thoughts on the subject, I would like to suspend further consideration of our recommendation until I have had time to discuss the matter further with the Board at its next meeting on October 3.”
  2. Document 215.
  3. Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.