43. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (McGiffert) to Secretary of Defense Brown 1
Re PRM–11 talking points for the President, our objective should be to convince the President to go slow.2 Our general strategy should be to take the high ground and in the process extract ourselves from (a) the biased approach of PRM–11, which is framed in question-begging terms of the DCI’s authority, and (b) the current dialogue which, in its emphasis on resource management/line authority/tasking, has tended to elevate form over substance. We need to focus on the differ[Page 255]ence between command and community, with the latter better reflecting the real-life diversity of users and capabilities.
One point not (I think) appropriate for inclusion in the written talking points is the specter of an intelligence czar with a separate chain of command and tentacles throughout the government. Shades of J. Edgar Hoover! Another point, perhaps only implicit in the attachment, is that, after being the President’s principal substantive intelligence adviser, the DCI’s next most important responsibility should (arguably) be to prevent abuses in CIA—rather than assuming large and distracting management functions.
The talking points are attached.
- Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OSD Files: FRC 330–81–0761, NSC–PRM–11 Secretary Talking Paper 6/15. Secret.↩
- Brown met with President Carter in the Oval Office from 4:05 until 5:05 p.m. on June 2. Mondale, Brzezinski, and Jack Watson, Secretary to the Cabinet, also attended the meeting. (Carter Library, Presidential Materials, President’s Daily Diary) No minutes of this meeting were found..↩
- Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.↩