14. Memorandum From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Jones) to Secretary of Defense Brown1
- The Middle East/Persian Gulf: Updating National Policy (U)
(S) This complements the earlier memorandum on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.2 It addresses the need for an overall strategy for the Persian Gulf region, and provides some specific proposals in that regard.
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Defense/Security, Ermarth, Box 4, Middle East/Persian Gulf: 1–3/79. Secret. Brown initialed the memorandum on January 23. Attached but not printed is a January 23 covering memorandum from Hanson forwarding the memorandum to Brzezinski. The covering memorandum also notes that Brown had sent a copy of the policy paper to Carter.↩
- Not found. Oil production in Iran came to a standstill on December 28, 1978, following strikes and continuing unrest. Documentation on U.S. concern about oil supplies and the vulnerability of Persian Gulf, and particularly Saudi, oil facilities is in Foreign Relations, 1969–1976, vol. XXXVII, Energy Crisis, 1974–1980.↩
- The Shah left Iran for permanent exile on January 16.↩