71. Note From President Carter to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)1

To Zbig

(1) Entire ExOrder is excessively verbose, repetitive & confusing—even worse than Ford’s 11905—Many paragraphs unnecessary—

(2) Paragraph designations are impossible—3(c)(2)(iii)(A)—could be 3323(A)

(3) 2(g)(3)—(p4)—Keep present arrangement of functions—Let any changes be decided by a) DCI & dep’t head or b) by me.

(4) 3(b)(1)(iv)—(p7) I see no reason for PRC to review the budget except after it is submitted by DCI to OMB. Comments to me by PRC would be o.k.

(5) Too much verbiage about NSC SCC 3(c)—I’m not sure any of it is necessary.

(6) 4(b)(7)—(pp 39–40) I suggest deletion

(7) 5(a)(2)(v)—(pp 46–47) Is this what we have now?

(8) Keeping substance as approved by me, let Bob Lipshutz help to correct problems (1) and (2) above. Expedite

  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, 1977–1981, Box 33, PRM 11 (2 of 2). No classification marking. The note is handwritten.