Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 3, pp. 641
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20301
18 NOV 1964
INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
SUBJECT: Immediate Resumption of the DESOTO Patrols
The Joint Chiefs of Staff, in JCSM 894-64 (Tab A), recommended a resumption of the DESOTO Patrols which have been suspended since mid-September. Action on the memorandum in question was deferred pending State-Defense review of all proposed future courses of action for Southeast Asia. In the interim, the Joint Chiefs of Staff incorporated a general recommendation for the resumption of DESOTO patrols in their memorandum, JCSM 902-64, which you will recall was forwarded for Ambassador Taylor's review and comment. Ambassador Taylor's views on this subject as reported in message Saigon 1378 to State (Tab B) stated that he perceived no advantage in resuming DESOTO patrols unless they be for essential intelligence gathering purposes. However, as this course of action, among others, is under current consideration, I shall keep it in mind for possible use. Recommend your signature to the attached self-explanatory memorandum addressed to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Memo to Ch/JCS
MEMORANDUM FOR THE CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF
Subject: Immediate Resumption of the DESOTO Patrols
I have noted the recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as expressed in the referenced memorandum for the resumption of DESOTO Patrols. Their views were stated again in a subsequent memorandum (JCSM 902-64) as a proposed future course of action for Southeast Asia.
This proposal of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, among other recommendations for courses of action in Southeast Asia, is under active consideration.
[Sent 20 November 1964 as drafted]
Robert S. McNamara
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