279. National Security Study Memorandum 461


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


  • Spain

The President has directed that a study be made of our policy options with respect to Spain. The study should look beyond the completion of the negotiations for the extension of the Base Agreement and examine the pros and cons of various feasible lines of policy both in the period immediately ahead and over the longer term, including the post-Franco period.

The President has directed that this study be undertaken by the NSC Interdepartmental Group for Europe. It is to be completed by May 29 for consideration by the Review Group.2

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–147, National Security Study Memoranda, NSSM 46. Secret. A copy was sent to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  2. Work on the study was suspended during the final base negotiations with the Spanish. Once the agreement was signed on June 20, Kissinger had the study resumed for completion by September 15. (Memorandum from Kissinger to the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Director of Central Intelligence, July 8; ibid.)