156. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to the Director of Central Intelligence (Colby)1
- Possible Revisions in the NIE Process
The President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board has recommended2 that the current NIE process be converted to a new three-step process:
—Production of a purely intelligence document which avoids net assessments.
—A detailed net assessment.
—A thorough critique of the net assessment by an independent entity.
A possible Presidential directive for implementation of this revision on a trial basis for two strategic issues is at Tab A. The President would like your comments on the PFIAB recommendations and the proposed trial run.