Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 3, pp. 571
30 September 1964
MEMORANDUM FOR MR. McNAUGHTON
This will confirm the procedures to be used in connection with 34A maritime operations.
At the beginning of each month, I will coordinate with Mr. Bundy and Mr. Thompson the proposed schedule for the forthcoming month. This document will then be the agreed schedule for planning purposes. Thereafter, until further notice, each operation listed on the above-mentioned schedule will be approved in advance by State, Defense and the White House. General Anthis will be responsible for preparing the draft message and will submit it to me for initialling. Thereafter, you will be responsible for coordinating the message with State and the White House. In this connection, you or your designee will take with him General Anthis or his designee to answer any questions which State or the White House may have. Each such message will be initialled by Mr. Thompson and Mr. McGeorge Bundy or their respective designees.
Any changes in the schedule of maritime operations after it has been agreed upon must be approved by Mr. McNamara or me upon recommendation of General Wheeler.
Cyrus R. Vance
cc: General Wheeler
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