Memorandum from McNaughton to McNamara on JCS Targeting Study, 29 August 1964

Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 3, pp. 555

29 AUG 1964


SUBJECT: Response to JCSM-729-64: Target Study-North Vietnam (S)

1. JCSM 729-64 forwards to you, as Appendix A, the detailed JCS analysis of the 94 targets in North Vietnam. The JCSM sumarizes the types of targets included, the status of ordnance and POL requirements, aircraft availabilities and capabilities and sorties required. It also outlines the types of detailed strike plans now being developed by CINCPAC.

2. No response to the JCSM is required; it makes no specific recommendations and amounts to what is, in effect, an interim progress report. I think, however, that a word of appreciation is appropriate given the very substantial efforts devoted by the Joint Staff and DIA toward the compilation of what seem to me to be first-rate studies of the 94 targets. Such is the purpose of paragraph 1 of the attached response.

3. Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4, which request additional information from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are self-explanatory.

4. Recommend signature.

John T. McNaughton
Assistant Secretary of Defense
International Security Affairs

Memo for Chairman, JCS



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