193. Memorandum by Secretary of Defense Laird1
- Secretaries of the Military Departments
- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Director of Defense Research and Engineering
- Assistant Secretaries of Defense
- Assistants to the Secretary of Defense
- Directors of the Defense Agencies
- Responsibilities for Intelligence in the Department of Defense
After carefully reviewing the attached memorandum and Report from Bob Froehlke, Dave Packard and I have decided that changes are required to improve the management of intelligence functions within the Department of Defense and have accepted Bob’s recommendations. Accordingly, I hereby assign additional responsibilities for intelligence to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Administration (ASD(A)).
In discharging these responsibilities I fully expect the ASD(A) to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the defense intelligence community. In order to accomplish this improvement he is charged with the following responsibilities:
- To establish an intelligence resource review and decision
making process which will comprise:
- A mechanism for making comparisons and appropriate tradeoffs between major intelligence activities and programs so that DoD decision makers can select the most efficient and effective systems for collecting, processing, producing, and disseminating intelligence.
- A Five-Year Intelligence Resource Plan.
- A procedure for identifying and surfacing major issues of intelligence resource allocation and management.
- A continuing system for review of intelligence collection requirements balanced against collection resources.
- To improve intelligence communications among DoD agencies and between the Department of Defense and other agencies.
- To evaluate intelligence organizational relationships, roles, and missions.
- To review security policies and eliminate unnecessary classification and compartmentation.
I expect the ASD(A) to be fully in business—staff aboard and office space selected, equipped, and placed in operation—by October 1, 1969. In the interim, to insure a smooth transition, I would appreciate it if you would continue to work on such intelligence papers or projects you might have which now become his responsibility with a view toward (a) finishing the paper or project in coordination with Bob, or (b) taking the necessary steps in conjunction with Bob to transfer the action to him. The important thing is to insure that nothing “drops through the crack” during this transition period.
In view of the importance of this assignment, both to the Department of Defense and to the nation, I would appreciate your giving the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Administration your complete and continuing support in this effort.
- Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OSD Files: FRC 330 74 132, Intelligence Matters. For Official Use Only.↩
- Froehlke forwarded the report to Laird under cover of a July 29 memorandum in which he discussed the comments he had received following circulation of his Tentative Report on Defense Intelligence to interested parties in the intelligence community on July 11. He indicated he had revised his report in light of the comments without changing his basic recommendations. Froehlke prepared the report in response to Laird’s April 29 memorandum assigning him additional duty as Special Assistant for Intelligence to the Secretary and Deputy and requesting him to provide within 45 days a study of the intelligence efforts in DOD. (All ibid.)↩
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