269. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to Director of Central Intelligence Helms 1


  • Report on Implementation of President’s Reorganization of Intelligence Community

Will you please prepare by May 5, 1972, a report of the progress achieved so far in implementing the reorganization of the intelligence community and of steps taken to achieve the President’s major objectives as stated in his memorandum of November 5, 1971.2

In particular the report should cover actions and progress toward:

  • —Preparation of a consolidated intelligence program budget.
  • —Related measures to achieve a more efficient use of resources.
  • —Development of a comprehensive program focused upon improving the intelligence process and product.

In addition, I would appreciate your views on the major issues which should occupy your attention during the next six months in the areas of:

  • —More efficient use of resources.
  • —Improved quality, scope and timeliness of intelligence product.
  • —Development of an increased and restructured personal staff to support you in your new responsibilities.

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Kissinger Office Files, Box 7, HAK Administrative and Staff Files—Memoranda Dispatched from WB, Sept. 1971–1974. Secret. Drafted by Marshall. On April 14 Helms forwarded the memorandum to Tweedy with the following comment on the routing slip: “I don’t know whether this is cause and effect yesterday, or the clanking machinery of the bureaucracy clanking.” (Central Intelligence Agency, Executive Registry Files, Job 80–R01284A, Box 4, Folder 2, I–23, Intelligence Community Reorganization)
  2. Document 242.