83. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)1


  • The Secretary of State
  • The Secretary of Defense
  • The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • The Director of Central Intelligence


  • SCC Decisions and Taskings (U)

The President has reviewed the notes from the May 29 meeting of the SCC on the Persian Gulf security framework2 and has approved the following decisions and taskings:


1. We will proceed with our efforts to conduct ground forces exercises in Kenya and Egypt.

2. The MAU may delay its return to the Indian Ocean until mid-July. (S)


1. State is to review the timing of the MAU exercise in Spain.

2. State is to report to the President on the role a MAU landing in Tunisia can play as a part of our reply to the Tunisian military aid request.

3. State will prepare the discussion paper on our next steps in Somalia as part of the agenda for the next SCC. Papers dealing with the potential Ethiopian-Somali military confrontation will be prepared by Defense and CIA.

4. State, DOD, and the NSC Staff will revise the cable to Ambassador West on Saudi security assistance to regional states. (S)

Zbigniew Brzezinski
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Defense/Security, Ermarth, Box 11, Security Framework: 6–9/80. Secret.
  2. See Document 82.