47. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy)1

MEMORANDUM FOR

  • The Secretary of State
  • The Secretary of Defense
  • The Attorney General
  • The Director of Central Intelligence

SUBJECT

  • Measures for Strengthening the Counterintelligence Posture of the United States

Reference is made to the two memoranda from the Director of Central Intelligence dated August 5, 1964,2 in response to my June 17 request for reports concerning certain recommendations which were made on the subject by the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board on November 22, 1963,3 following its review of the Dunlap espionage case:4 (1) memorandum enclosing the report of the United States [Page 147]Intelligence Board on implementing actions taken with respect to Recommendations 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 21 of the President’s Board;5 and a report on actions pursued by the U.S. intelligence community, in lieu of establishment of the interdepartmental mechanism proposed in Recommendation No. 11 of the President’s Board, to assure adequate measures to provide guidance, coordination and exchange of information among U.S. agencies in the counterintelligence field;6 and (2) memorandum presenting the joint report of the Department of State and the Director of Central Intelligence with respect to Recommendations 14 through 17 of the President’s Board.7

The two memoranda are being referred to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board for consideration in the course of its continuing review of foreign intelligence and related activities of the United States.

Noting the reported status of actions being taken to meet the objectives of recommendations which the Board has made in this important area it is requested that the Director of Central Intelligence, in consultation with member agencies of the United States Intelligence Board, continue to place priority emphasis upon counterintelligence programs and procedures to protect sensitive intelligence data, sources and methods against espionage penetration attempts on the part of hostile intelligence organizations.

It is also requested that the joint consideration by the Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence with respect to Board Recommendation No. 7 be completed and a report furnished to this office and to the President’s Board by October 1, 1964.

McGeorge Bundy 8
  1. Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Intelligence File, Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Vol. 2 [3 of 4], Box 6. Top Secret. The date is handwritten. Copies were sent to the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
  2. Both of these memoranda from McCone to Bundy are ibid.
  3. The June 17 request was not found, and the PFIAB recommendations have not been identified.
  4. Sergeant Jack Dunlap, a National Security Agency courier, was under investigation for passing documents to Soviet authorities, when he committed suicide on July 22, 1963. After his death, highly classified documents were found in his home.
  5. Attached as Tab A to one of the August 5 memoranda (see footnote 2 above).
  6. Attached as Tab B to the same August 5 memorandum (see footnotes 2 and 5 above).
  7. Attached to the other August 5 memorandum (see footnotes 2, 5, and 6 above).
  8. Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.