3. National Security Study Memorandum 1781


  • The Secretary of State
  • The Secretary of Defense
  • The Director of Central Intelligence


  • Program for National Net Assessment

In furtherance of his memorandum of November 5, 1971 concerning the organization and management of the U.S. Foreign Intelli[Page 6]gence Community,2 the President has directed the initiation of a program for the preparation of a series of national net assessments.

As a first step in this process, the President has directed that a paper be prepared which would:

  • —Define the national net assessment process, and discuss the range and types of topics that would be addressed.
  • —Discuss methodology appropriate for use in preparing net assessments.
  • —Establish reporting and coordination procedures for the program.

The President has directed that this paper be prepared by an ad hoc group comprising representatives of the addressees and chaired by the Director, Net Assessment Group, of the National Security Council staff.

The report of the Ad Hoc Group should be completed by May 15, 1973, and forwarded for consideration by the National Security Council Intelligence Committee.3

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–241, Policy Papers, 1969–1974, National Security Decision Memoranda, NSDM 224. Secret.
  2. See Foreign Relations, 1969–1976, vol. II, Organization and Management of U.S. Foreign Policy, 1969–1972, Document 242.
  3. The Ad Hoc Committee’s report and accompanying attachments are attached but not printed. The report was forwarded by Andrew Marshall of the NSC Staff to Kissinger under a June 21 covering memorandum. See footnote 2, Document 8.