1. Memorandum From the Deputy Director for Coordination, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (Scott) to the Special Group1
- Report of the Subcommittee on United States Support of Foreign Paramilitary Forces
At a meeting of the Special Group (5412) on November 14, 1963,2 General Taylor proposed that an ad hoc subcommittee be formed to review United States programs involving support of foreign paramilitary forces. Fourteen countries were listed as having internal security problems and having received U.S. support for paramilitary organizations. Of these fourteen countries, however, only two (Laos [less than 1 line of source not declassified]) are now receiving covert U.S. support for their paramilitary forces. The remaining twelve countries receive overt U.S. support for their paramilitary forces. Accordingly, the ad hoc subcommittee has limited itself to a review of the covert paramilitary support programs in Laos [less than 1 line of source not declassified]. Reports on these programs are attached at Tabs I and II,3 respectively.
Paramilitary forces being aided by the U.S. covertly in Laos [less than 1 line of source not declassified] are remote from the urban centers, diffused throughout rural areas, and small in number in relation to the regular [Page 2] military forces. Consequently, they are unlikely to develop into power centers rivalling the established governments or to be involved directly as a major influence in a struggle for power in the foreseeable future. Aid given to Lao [less than 1 line of source not declassified] paramilitary forces has not lessened the confidence of these governments in the United States or been inimical to United States interests.
The Subcommittee recommends that the Special Group (5412):
- Accept this report on covert United States aid to paramilitary organizations in Laos [less than 1 line of source not declassified]; and
- Refer overt United States programs of paramilitary assistance supported by DOD and AID in the remaining countries listed in the minutes of the meeting of the Special Group (5412) on November 14, 1963, to the Special Group (Counterinsurgency) with the suggestion that it review these programs in the light of General Taylor’s memorandum on this subject, dated October 15, 1963.4
- Source: Department of State,INR/IL Historical Files, Special Group Meetings. Secret; Eyes Only.↩
- A memorandum of that meeting is ibid.↩
- Tab II is not printed.↩
- Taylor’s memorandum of October 15, 1963, has not been found. The Special Group accepted these recommendations at its meeting of January 23. (Department of State, INR/IL Historical Files, Special Group Meetings)↩