102. Report Prepared in the Central Intelligence Agency1
Summary of DDI and CIA Representatives’ Views on the IRGs with some comments on the SIG
- This is a summary of the coincident views on the Interdepartmental Regional Groups expressed by the CS Division Chiefs who are the CIA Representatives on the IRGs. Because of special considerations relating to the IRG/Europe, the comments on the Chiefs, Europe and Soviet Bloc Divisions are attached but not incorporated in the summary. Significant comments, relative to the IRGs and SIG, other than those reviewed in this summary of coincident views, were made by the DDI and the CIA Representatives. These have not been lifted from context but are to be found, underlined, in their memoranda which are attachments.2
- With regard to CIA —The IRGs have not been used, nor are they considered a proper body for the discussion of CIA operations. Nor are they used as substitutes for the weekly meetings with the regional Assistant Secretaries. The IRGs are, however, considered a unique forum where relevant intelligence can be brought to the attention of the policy-makers—particularly that intelligence dealing with communist penetration and subversion. Moreover, the IRGs keep the CS Division Chiefs informed on regional situations and USG operational problems, permitting CIA to identify, in broad terms, requirements and policy support for covert action proposals and to target its operations more selectively. Further, the IRGs provide CIA with a formal representation at a reasonable level in the councils where inter-agency problems and some foreign policy questions are reviewed.
- In general—The IRGs are believed to be a useful instrument for the consideration of inter-agency problems and some short-term foreign policy problems. There is recognition that there are limits to what the IRGs can accomplish and that they cannot usurp the policy-making responsibility of the Department of State. At a minimum, however, problems considered by the IRGs—even those without measurable results—are believed to be better understood by the members as a result of the IRG discussions.
- Source: Central Intelligence Agency, Executive Registry, Job 80–R01580R, SIG. Secret. The report was forwarded to Helms by Clandestine Services Special Group Officer [name not declassified] under cover of a memorandum dated November 25, 1966. (Ibid.)↩
- Attached are memoranda from five CS Division Chiefs and the Deputy Director of Current Intelligence.↩
- No classification marking.↩
- Not found.↩