147. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to Secretary of State Rogers1 2


  • NSSM 59, “U.S. Policy on Chemical and Biological Warfare and Agents”

At the Interdepartmental Political-Military Group meeting on NSSM 59, on August 22nd, your representatives concurred in the Department of Defense request for a one month delay in the submission of the study to the Review Group. The due date for the NSSM 59 study has been extended from September 5th to October 5th.

As indicated in a memorandum to me from the Department of State, the Department of State may encounter some operational difficulties requiring special handling because of the delay. Nevertheless, it is expected that all involved agencies will refrain in the interim from public statements or actions which would extend or revise current policies.

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–153, NSSM 1–348, NSSM 59. Secret. It was also sent to Laird, Helms, DuBridge, and Gerard Smith. A copy was sent to Wheeler.
  2. Kissinger extended to October 5 the due date for completion of the NSSM 59 study.