166. Memorandum by the Deputy Secretary of Defense (Packard)1
- Dr. Henry Kissinger
- Mr. John N. Irwin II
- Mr. Richard Helms
- Dr. Gerard Smith
- Lt. Gen. John W. Vogt
- Attached Paper on Safeguard
I would appreciate your handling the attached papers on a close-hold basis for now. They deal with the Administration posture on Safeguard for FY 72.
The reasons for including the Washington, D.C. site in our FY 72 proposed programs are three:
- It is the next logical step towards the area defense the President is committed to.
- It is a part of the U.S. SALT approaches and proposal.
- We need to find out whether Congress is willing to authorize a Washington Defense or not. If they will, we should proceed with it. If they won’t, we must adjust our defense program and SALT approaches accordingly.
I would like to get together with the addressees on Saturday morning (1/16/71) to discuss the issue. Thereafter we can determine any further modification and distribution of the paper.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–30, NSC Meeting, Safeguard, 1/27/71. Top Secret; Eyes Only.↩
- NSDM 16, Document 39, established “strategic sufficiency” criteria upon which to base the U.S. defense posture.↩
- NSDM 74, issued on July 31, 1970, consists of a detailed statement of Option E. For the full text of NSDM 74, see Foreign Relations, 1969–1976, volume XXXII, SALT I, 1969–1972, Document 100.↩
- Attached but not printed is a 9-page paper, dated January 13 and entitled “Safeguard and Related Programs.” It includes sections on the Threat, Technical Progress on Safeguard, SALT, Area Defense, Minuteman, NCA Defense, and the DOD Proposed Program and Rationale for FY 72.↩