MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD
DCI gave me the following policy positionand reconnaissance programs as of this date:
is his fixed and unalterable position thatinterest demands the continuation ofin instigating reconnaissanceindependently but eventually workingthe management level when hardware is imminent;
is no question in his mind but whatof CIA io the past and its currentof talent with great enthusiasm and highbears this out, particularly in the light ofin this field elsewhere.
He says that if the straightening out of this matterresidential decision, he insists upon it and he insists upon it now. He is not going to see the CIA capability frittered away by fiat or by decisionsower level.
If the President is not prepared to make this decision now or if the nittering and frittering away continues, it would be his position that the whole reconnaissance operation be turned over to the Department of Defense along with all the responsibilities and the dangers ofecision. ot the distinct impression this would also include the Director's suit if such action were taken.
DCI wishes us to develop plans
the complete construction, assembly, testing, and
contracting of reconnaissance space craft which
would then be deliverediece of Government-furnished equipment to whatever operations people are designated to launch and recover the payload. This would include whatever intelligence community inputs are required to schedule and approvend nominal orbits as well as targeting.
5. What he has in mind is CIAovernment agencyotally completed and checked out space craftither NASA or the Air Forces for launching by them by an appropriate booster system. Recovery would likewise be done by the launching agency and the payload would then be returned to CIA and the intelligence community for further action.
Marshall S. Carter Lieutenant General, USA Deputy DirectorOriginal document.