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D- RAF, : RTIC,/gns Approved For Release 2000/08/25: CIA-RDP33 2 &300080058-6 1. PROBLEM: To ascertain the most advantageous operational base for the 25X1 A29 -unit . 2. ASSUMPTIONS: 25X1A2g a. That for political reasons will be unable to operate from 25X1A6a - 25X1 C8a b. That the will organize a complete unit and will. operate from 25X1 C8a permanent base in Western Europe or the c. That CHALICE will provide the technical support personnel and equip- ment to man the unit. d. That cost of establishing a base will be borne by CHALICE. 25X1A2g e. That will be required to conduct prolonged staging operations at whatever base is selected. 3. DISCUSSION: 25X1A6a Available Bases or Areas: ADVANTAGES (1) Base facilities now available, in place, and ready for use. (2) U-2 already exposed in that area and operational procedures have been established and tested. 25X1A6a (3) Best terminal weather in on year round basis. DISADVANTAGES (1) The US Government would probably take the blame for any overflights from this base due to our previous activity there. (This could be helped by 25X1C8a advertising fact of M acquisition and operation of U-2 aircraft). Approved For Release 2000/08/25: CIA-RDP33-02415A000300080058-6 Logistics system established and functioning. (2) Aircraft would be operating within the Russian radar net. 25X1A6a (3) 25X1X7 ADVANTAGES (1) US Government would likely escape blame for any overflights orig- 25X1X7 inating from 25X1X7 (2) A base in .would not be within the Russian radar net. DISADVANTAGES (1) Any base selected would require major construction and modification 25X1 C8a prior to use by the M unit. ($100,000 to $200,000) and would require approximately 4 months from start of construction. (2) Would require special logistic handling and procedures to support the unit which would pinpoint US interest in the unit. (3) would require new operational procedures to be laid on with local and area operations officials and with filter centers for radar suppression 25X1A2g which, in turn, would considerably widen knowledge of the U-2 25X1A6a (4) A base in would be within Russian radar net. CONCLUSIONS : Approved For Release 2000/08/25: CIA-RDP33-0241500300080058-6 USAF`E which would necessitate their coordination on all activities. It is felt that with this type unit and activities CHALICE should avoid involvement of USAF authority as much as possible. and is controlled by . That the only advantage that would accrue to the project as a result 25X1X7 of the unit being located in either would be the ability to deny responsibility or knowledge of the flight if a protest is made. b. That some disadvantage would accrue in the nature of financial out- lay of some $200,000, revamp of supply and operational procedures and some loss in security in that a greater number of people would become more 25X1A2g , pprovec ore easel -RDP33-02415A000300080058-6 25X1A6a 25X1 C8a 25X1A2g 25X1 C8a 25X1 C8a 25X1X7 25X1A2g 25X1A6a -3- Approved For Release 2000/08/25: CIA-RDP33-0241SA000300080058-6 c. That could be used as a temporary training base and staging base, pending completion of a permanent base. d. That in order to take maximum advantage of the main object in inclusion of the - in the U-2 program i.e. US denial of overflight respon- sibility, the= unit must conduct operations from the ^ or other non US controlled areas. 5. RECOMMENDATION: ,. That the unit be permanently based at for training 25X1X7 purposes and operate from M or other bases that are not under US control. Approved For Release 2000/08/25: CIA-RDP33-02415A000300080058-6