10. National Security Study Memorandum 261 2


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


  • Military Supply Policy in South Asia

The President has directed a thorough review of our military supply policy in South Asia.

He has directed the preparation of a study for NSC discussion of the full range of policy options with regard to military supply.

As a background for NSC consideration of these options, he has requested a paper discussing (1) the principal problems we face in developing a coherent policy in South Asia, (2) alternative views of U.S. interests in the subcontinent and (3) alternative strategies for pursuing those interests.

The President has directed that this study be prepared by the Interdepartmental Group for Near East and South Asia.

These papers should be forwarded to the NSC Review Group by March 24.

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 365, Subject Files, National Security Study Memoranda, Nos. 1–42. Secret; Exdis. Copies were sent to the Secretaries of the Treasury and Agriculture, and to the Chairman of the JCS.
  2. President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs Kissinger directed that a study be prepared on military supply policy in South Asia.