127. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)1
- The Secretary of State
- The Secretary of Defense
- The Secretary of the Treasury
- The Secretary of Energy
- The Director of Central Intelligence
- The Director, Office of Management and Budget
- Administrator, Federal Energy Administration
- Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors
- Petroleum Supply Vulnerability Assessment
The President has directed that an assessment be made of the vulnerability of the United States to disruptions in world petroleum supply.2 This memorandum confirms the interagency effort underway to accomplish this task and establishes the terms of reference for the assessment.
The assessment should be focused on the period between now and 1985.[Page 434]
The assessment will be submitted for consideration by the Special Coordination Committee.3 In accordance with the attached terms of reference (Tab A), the Departments of State and Defense will chair working groups composed of members from the interested agencies. The Department of State will submit its report to the National Security Council by September 2, 1977; the Department of Defense by September 9, 1977.
- Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Middle East File, Box 65, Subject File, Oil. Confidential. The Department of Energy was established on August 4 when Carter signed the Department of Energy Organization Act. The Cabinet-level agency officially began to operate on October 1.↩
- On July 11, Bert Lance, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, sent Brzezinski a memorandum informing him that Carter had asked for the petroleum supply vulnerability assessment at a June 21 budget planning session. Lance requested that the National Security Council lead the effort and attached a paper listing the objectives and specific issues to be addressed by the assessment. (Ibid.)↩
- The SCC met to consider the assessment in March 1978. See Documents 144 and 145.↩