With Vandenberg as DCI (Part II)

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Vandenberg as DCI


them of CIG capabilities, the Technical Advisors listened to Dr. H. P. Robertson, scientific consultant of the DCI, explain the organization of the CIG, discuss problems in the field of scientific intelligence, and suggest ways of mutual assistance for CIG and the JRDB.
The third meeting of the Technical Advisors on December 6, 7, and 8 brought together General Vandenberg, Allen W. Dulles, and General Donovan for a thorough discussion of foreign intelligence. There was no stenotypist present to make a record of their remarks, but a member of the secretariat recalls that Mr. Dulles related his wartime experiences as OSS station chief at Berne, Switzerland.   General Donovan repeated with his usual fervor the principles he advocated and the corresponding criticisms of CIG which he had made in Life for September 30, 1946.   He did not like having the NIA as a board of control; the DCI should be responsible directly to the President, and the secretaries of the departments should serve as his advisers, not superiors.
General Vandenberg reviewed his difficulties with the intelligence Advisory Board. He was at that time, as we have seen, at odds with the chief intelligence officers of the Army and Navy over his authority in relation to them over requirements and the coordination of collection, and over the place the DCI and CIG should have with the joint Chiefs of Staff.
The result of this three-day conference was agreement that the joint Research and Development Board should find a bead for a CIG section to have charge of evaluating scientific and technical intelligence and should help him obtain the experts necessary for his work. It was further agreed that there should be a statement of the scope of the term "scientific and technical intelligence," a general plan for securing coverage of foreign developments in science, and a definite relationship between the JRDB and CIG.
Vannevar Bush and General Vandenberg issued their program for cooperation in the field of scientific intelligence on January 10, 1947. It provided that the Scientific Branch of ORE should assume the initiative and responsibility for developing a national program of scientific intelligence. The head of the Branch, serving as adviser on scientific intelligence to the DCI, should have direct access to JRDB activities pertaining to his work.
The Scientific Branch would formulate requirements for scientific intelligence in collaboration with JRDB and the departments and agencies concerned. It would be responsible for planning and coor-


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