139. Memorandum From Secretary of Defense Laird to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1 2

I am increasingly concerned about the structure of our chemical and biological warfare programs, our national policy relating to such programs, and our public posture vis a vis chemical and biological warfare activities. It is clear the Administration is going to be under increasing fire as a result of numerous inquiries, the more notable being Congressman McCarthy’s and Senator Fulbright’s.

It would seem reasonable to have the subject brought before the National Security Council at an early date. I suggest the necessary studies and reviews be initiated immediately, to facilitate early consideration by the NSC.

Melvin Laird
  1. Source: Washington National Records Center, OSD Files: FRC 330–75–0089, Box 50, 370.64 CBR (April 1969). Confidential. Sent for action.
  2. Laird recommended that the National Security Council undertake an immediate review of U.S. chemical and biological weapons programs.