52. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Clark) to President Reagan1


  • Draft NSDD Reflecting Decisions Reached on START following the January 25th NSC Meeting


Should you approve/sign the attached NSDD?


The attached draft NSDD (Tab A)2 does the following:

—reflects the decisions reached following the January 25th NSC meeting on START which you took in the paper we sent you last Saturday3;

—provides guidance on the issues addressed by those decisions and on the tabling of a Basic Elements paper; and

—tasks additional Interdepartmental work.


We have discussed this draft NSDD with State and Defense, and we feel it is ready for your approval and signature.


________ ________ That you approve and sign the draft NSDD provided at Tab A.4
  1. Source: National Security Council, Box SR 081, National Security Council Institutional Files, NSDD 0078, US Approach to START V. Secret; Sensitive. Sent for action. Prepared by Linhard and Kraemer. A stamped notation at the top of the memorandum reads: “Signed.”
  2. Printed below as Document 53.
  3. January 29. See Document 51.
  4. An unknown hand indicated approval on Reagan’s behalf.