46. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to Secretary of Defense Brown 1

SUBJECT

  • Strategic Review of our Unified Command Structure (S)

The President desires that you look into the Unified Command Plan as it relates to the Persian Gulf region and our changing military, intelligence, and diplomatic requirements. Events over the past two years make it apparent that our command structure for the region is fragmented and refracted through European and Pacific headquarters; with the RDF/JTF under REDCOM, a third headquarters is centrally involved. The President would like to have your views on the changes which might facilitate unity of command and coordination of regional intelligence and military and economic assistance missions. They should be available by February 28, 1980.

Zbigniew Brzezinski 2
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, General Odom File, Box 28, Middle East Command Post: 7/79–3/80. Secret. An undated covering memorandum, under which the memorandum was to be forwarded from Brzezinski to Carter for his approval, was prepared, although there is no indication that Carter received the memorandum, that Carter approved Brzezinski’s recommendation, or that Brown received the memorandum.
  2. Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.