164. Information Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (Leddy) to Secretary of State Rusk 1

SUBJECT

  • Contingency Planning on Romania

EUR is giving consideration to the following possible lines of action, on a contingency basis, in the event of Soviet invasion of Romania:

1.
Increase in NATO vigilance measures bringing them to the visible level.
2.
Return to Europe of United States air and ground forces currently being returned under “reforger” and “crested cap”.
3.
Reinforcement of the Berlin garrison.
4.
Preparations permitting us to extend military assistance to Yugoslavia if Tito requests it.
5.
Beefing up of the naval forces in the Mediterranean with additional Marine elements.
6.
Take public action to inhibit further cultural, scientific and other contacts with the USSR and the other occupying powers.
  1. Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Romania, Cables, Vol. 3. Secret. Drafted by Beaudry.