61. Memorandum From the Deputy to the Director of Central Intelligence for National Intelligence (Bowie)1
- Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
- Director, Intelligence & Research, Department of State
- Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs
- Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Presidential Intelligence Priorities
1. Under the Presidential decision and Executive Order,2 the main formal mechanism for the policy-makers to define their needs for intelligence will be the Policy Review Committee. Hence, in developing priorities, it is useful to ask how the PRC can best express its interests to the Intelligence Community. It will wish to make sure that the Intelligence Community devotes itself not only to furnishing information of immediate policy concern, but also to providing the basic research on issues that will be of continuing policy concern over extended periods of time. Consequently, I have concluded that the Policy Review Committee might well adopt a two-tiered approach to developing intelligence priorities.
2. The sample list of broad topics of basic long-term interest (Tab A) is intended to guide our long-range efforts in analysis and collection, and point the way to more specific topics for basic National Intelligence Estimates. This list would probably change only gradually over time, but it should receive regular review to ensure that it always accurately reflected major concerns.
3. Tab B is a sample list of issues of immediate interest. Many of these issues are, in fact, subsets of the more basic topics in Tab A. I would expect that the Policy Review Committee would review this listing at regular intervals—perhaps every other month—with a view to ensuring that it is up to date and, further, that it take into account planned policy initiatives and expected developments that might generate needs for intelligence.
4. I am submitting these lists as the basis for discussion at our next meeting. We can then discuss the usefulness of the proposed approach [Page 314] as well as the substance of the lists themselves, which, if approved by the PRC, would be sent to the agencies of the Intelligence Community for translating into specific intelligence requirements.
- Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, 1977–1981, Box 89, SCC035 Intelligence Covert Activities, 10/6/77. Secret.↩
- Reference to PD/NSC–17 (see Document 59) and the executive order called for in its final paragraph.↩
- Bowie initialed “RRB” above this typed signature.↩