Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 3, pp. 576
3 Oct 64
FROM: AMEMBASSY SAIGON
For Secretary Rusk
Embtel 870 and Deptel 727.
Mike Forrestal's State/RCI 30 raises an aspect of the coordination problem discussed in Embtel 870 and indicates belief that Emb Saigon Saigon should be coordination center.
I continue to favor the procedure contained in Embtel 870 which has the concurrence of Ambassadors Unger and Martin. In my opinion, the ad hoc methods mentioned in Deptel 727 are not likely to suffice to handle the growing requirements for prompt regional recommendations on politico-military matters affecting several embassies and CINCPAC. I would think it to the interest of State-Defense to fix responsibility for coordination in this field and not trust to the initiatives of the moment.
If you agree, I suggest issuance of a directive to embassies Saigon,
Vientiane, and to CINCPACHO stablish in Saigon under Executive Agency of Embassy
Saigon a committee for coordinating policy recommendations and military operational
matters arising from the following activities: 34-A program (to include its
coordination with DeSoto patrols); crossborder operations (air and ground) from
SVN into Laos; air operations from SVN and Laos into NVN; Lucky Dragon; Yankee
team; Blue Springs; Hardnose and any other operations in Laos requiring coordination
with crossborder operations. Such a directive would indicate general approval
of organization proposed in Embtel 870 and leave to principals of committee
to work out the details.
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