18. National Security Study Memorandum 1981

TO

  • The Secretary of the Treasury
  • The Secretary of Defense
  • The Director of Central Intelligence
  • The Deputy Secretary of State

SUBJECT

  • Joint U.S.-Saudi Economic, Military and Technological Cooperation

The President has directed that an interdepartmental study be initiated immediately to develop programs of cooperation between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the economic, military, and scientific/technological fields.

The President has directed that this study be prepared under the supervision of an ad hoc Special Committee chaired by the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and comprising the Secretary of Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Director of Central Intelligence, the Deputy Secretary of State and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The basic elements of the study in each of the three areas will be prepared by an Interdepartmental Working Group chaired by the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and responsible to the ad [Page 89]hoc Special Committee. The Working Group will include representatives of the Secretary of Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Director of Central Intelligence, the Deputy Secretary of State, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the National Security Council Staff. The Chairman of the Working Group is authorized to call on other agencies to participate and assist in the study, as appropriate.

The Working Group will submit an initial study report to the Special Committee by March 28, 1974.

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Summary: The President initiated a study on a broader economic and strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    Source: National Archives, RG 59, Executive Secretariat Files, NSSM 198. Secret; Sensitive. A copy was sent to Moorer.