158. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Scowcroft) to Secretary of State Kissinger, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and Director of Central Intelligence Bush1


  • U.S. Force Reductions on Taiwan

The recommendation of the Department of Defense that the draw down to 1400 DOD civilian and military personnel on Taiwan directed in NSDM 339 be achieved by March 31, 1977 vice December 31, 1976, is approved.2 The “authorized level” of DOD personnel on Taiwan should be reduced as directed to 1400 by December 31, 1976; however, the number of individuals actually on Taiwan should be approximately 1950. Status reports on the drawdown should be provided at regular intervals.

Brent Scowcroft
  1. Source: Ford Library, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Boxes H–67 and H–68, NSDM 339. Top Secret; Umbra; Sensitive. A copy was sent to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In a November 5 memorandum to the same recipients, Jeanne Davis removed the codeword classification. (Ibid.) William Gleysteen, in an October 21 memorandum to Scowcroft, recommended the course of action set forth in this memorandum. (Ibid.)
  2. The recommendation was in an October 22 memorandum from Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Ellsworth to Scowcroft. (Ibid.)NSDM 339 is printed as Document 156.