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November 16, 1970
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Approved for Release: 2018/01/30 C03040328 IAA)! tLi� NIPPY DD/S 70-4480 16 NOY 1970 L5 MEMORANDUM FOR: Carl E. Duckett R&D Coordinator SUBJECT : R&D Program Planning Guidance REFERENCE : DD/S&T 3654-70 dtd 30 October 1970 1. The attachment to the reference discusses weather modification as an area of potential intelligence interest. The Support Directorate has no direct concern with weather modification as an intelligence problem. 2. We appreciate the 'opportunity to be kept informed 4 on the progress. of various technical studies being under- taken in the Agency. I believe that the R&D Board should first review such studies in detail, and then develop a plan for the implementation of a program if appropriate. Such plans might then/be briefly reported to the appropriate Dapticiag tar comment andior approval, IL gaama to Me that we would have more effective staffing and a better, quicker result if greater use were made of the R&D Board in studies like the one on weather. cc: DD/I DD/P D/PPB hn W. Act g Deputy Director for Support (b)(6) qrrtr,5-7 Approved for Release: 2018/01/30 C03040328 1 f;71 C� � Approved for Release: 2018/01/30 C03040328 -222E- 76*".� Niro' 19 November 1970 MEMORANDUM FOR: Director of Economic Research FROM : Chief, USSR Branch SUBJECT : OER Interest in a Weather Modification Detection Program REFERENCE DD/S&T 3654-70, 30 October 1970 1. The:relevant question for OER on this subject would appear to be: What economic intelligence value would there be in a weather modification detection program? At the present state of development of weather modification, the answer must be that ,our interest ip plight. 2. The economic activity potentially most affected by weather modification is agriculture. In the USSR, for example, agricultural production is greatly affected by the vagaries of weather. In OER's function of assessing the crop producing capability of foreign countries, any develop- ment which can significantly affect this capability would, of course, be of concern to the Office. Precipitation augmentation would appear to be the only area of weather modification which could conceivably have a significant impact on the level of crop production. Judging from the apparent lack of Soviet effort in this area, OER's interest at this time can be served by continuing to moniter uncigiafied sources. "DOUGLAS B. DIAMOND./ Chief, USSR Branch ; 1970 Approved for Release: 2018/01/30 C03040328 Approved for Release: 2018/01/30 C03040328 �se �VI 20 November 1970 MEMORANDUM FOR: Chief, Executive Staff, 0/DDI SUBJECT: Comments on Intelligence Concerns Arising from Weather Modification REFERENCE: Memo from R&D Coordinator to Deputy Directors, dated 30 October 1970, Subject: R&D Program Planning Guidance 1. So far as the Office of Basic and Geographic Intelligence is concerned, weather modification is already of some intelligence interest. Successful Soviet development in the field could importantly benefit the Soviet economy, -- ditto Communist China and its economy. Weather modifircation efforts are difficult to localize, and activity by any nation carries with it significant risks of scientific controversy and political conflict. 2. At present, w9 would not feel that a preparatory R&D effort is in order. Our essential information data needs are adequately met by available collection and analysis. We would view the matter differently, however, should advances in the state of the weather_ modification art indicate an imminence of prAcileal_mall_�tarT i t.7n. t; i on. in 111(111 vont, tntoi.1ijonco no oil a would undoubtedly neceaaitate: a preparatory R&D effort. 3. study is useful in its own right, and certainly facilitates an evaluation of R&D interest. Deputy Director Basic and Geographic Intelligence �SEeftEr_ Approved for Release: 2018/01/30 603040328 NR Approved for Release: 2018/01/30 C03040328 Approved for Release: 2018/01/30 C03040328