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Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328AOQ 100140007-4 FDIC jm-33 Control No. 1463957 P? August 1957 d M IORA DW FOR: Economic Defense Intelligence Committee FROM : Chairman, ERIC SUBJECT : Report of Cc mbirred FDIC Working Group and Technical Task Group on Radio and Tele- vision Transmitters REFERENCE : FDIC Case No. 22 (Revised),, Confidential Attached is copy of EDAC elorlting Group I D-67 of 25 April 1957 which inadvertently was not distributed to EPIC members at the time dissemination was made to EDAC WG I. We assume this report may sat- isfy the requirements of EPIC Case 1loa 22 (Revised) on Radio and Television Transmitters. If the Executive Secretary is not notified to the contrary by o ao ab a 6 September 1957s, EPIC Case No 0 22 (Revised) t-11.1 be consid- ered closed. Attachment: WO I D-67 Distribution: Cat. B (i+11) ~+~Y D (All) FDIC wa I 25X1A9a *DOC Exempt Letter On File* Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328A000100140007-4 Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328A0L0100140007-4 WG-I D-67 April 25, 1957 MAC WORKIPIG GROUP I International rt Control Systerrs TO r Chairmix,, " TO...I FROM : Department of Ccxmerce Member SUBJECT: Report of Combined 'EPIC WG and Technical TG on Radio and Television Transmitters Attached is report of the combined EDIC Workinr- Group and Technical Task Group on Radio and Television Transmitters in response to assignments from FDIC and WG-I a TI ,s report, prepared by the Chairman of the combined group,, reflects the discussions of the croup and was cleared by the participants, In brief, the report indicates that the review has not been -ro- ductive of any substantive recommendations, other than man Air Force proposal for the modification of IL 1519 which is still under study and on t hich a farther report trill be rendered. The military agencies who have the prir,ary responsibility for definitional. recormendations in this commodity sector are understood to be satisfied frith the cove g*e provi''1ed 'by the cur- rent security list definitions. The report concludes,, therefore, that this assi-nment should be considered as completed. This erould note, however, preclude further exarri_- nation of this coninodity sector by our technical experts when and as it ray appear appropriate in line with the principle of maintaining continuing; review of security definitions and lists Distribution Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328A000100140007-4 Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328A0Q0100140007-4 SECRLr BUREAU OF SION CCUMCE FC->262O-JRC April 12, 1957 25X1A9a 25X1A9a 25X1A9a THE EDIC U C*U ITNO GROUP C RADIO ANTI TELEVISION TRAITSI ITTERS 1r. John R. Collins, BFC (Chairman) sr. James A. Ageraborg, AFODN f=em. Kenneth P. Patterson SC1A CIA CIA NNr. Oliver D. Watson, A S Mr. John 0. Oliver, State Lt. William H. Dana, ONI Iir. Don ld S. Parris, ID8A Mir. E. MacDonald Nyhen, BDSA Mr. Lionel t o Hirschhorn,, AFOIN Dr. Edgar T. Fartin, USIA CIA (Secretary*) Subject: Report of E'1IC Working Group on Radio and Television Transmitters The attached report covers the activities of the EPIC Warkinw, Group in response to EPIC Intelligence Request No. 24 and related documents. It will be presented to EPIC and EDAC Working Group I in its present form unless changes are recommended. leembers are requested to contact John Collins (Code 164, Ext. 4263) no later than April 19, 1957, to !-,ake - ror corrections or additions to this reportA, jn/ John R. Collins, Chain FDIC Working, Crow on Radio & Tolevision Transmitters SECUT Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328A000100140007-4 Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328A0Qg,100140007-4 REPOT OF ERIC WORKING GROUP ON RADIO ANTS T1 LEVISION TRAIT .ITTERS Ref t (1 EDIC Intelligence Request No. 24, t, Juxx 1956 2 EDIC Case No. 22 (Revised), 21 June 1956 3 ERIC/Al-23122 June 1956 (4) WG I M.?29, 22 June 1956 DITRODUCTION 1. The reference documents concern an EDIC/ktG I request for the following: a. A product study of military applications of television and of new techniques incorporated in commercial radio and television broadcast equipment which may be of military importance, b. An intelligence study of the current status of Bloc technology in radio and television, with particular reference to items disclosed by the product study? The zDIC proposed that these studies be used to review the adequacy and clarity of the existing International. List definitions of transmitting equipment and related items. 2. A task group was convened to consider these problems. h embers were re- quested to utilize the facilities of their respective agencies in order to obtain a list of products recur riended for study? and all available information on Soviet Bloc capabilities and deficiencies. CONTRIBUTIONS 3. The following response to the foregoing request was received: as The Signal. Corps Intelligence Agency submitted two intelligence studies as follows t (1) Analysis of Soviet and Satellite Potential for Manufacture of axittors m (2) Sine-Soviet Bloc L icrawave Systems (c) (S.. 21.-56 ) Their representative reported that a heavy work schedule prevented any further effort at that time, b. The representative of the Office of Naval Intelligence stated that his agency believed the situation had not changed sufficiently in the past two years to warrant a new review of the transmitter situation. He indicated that a number of priori y assignments were in process and that only the most urgent reasons would justify a now review of transmitters at that time. SECRET Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328A000100140007-4 Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328AO 100140007-4 awl c. The Air Force Office of Intelligence submitted a memorandum stating that it considered the items presently contained in Item 1517 of the Inter- national list to be realistic and to aid in dewing the Soviet Bloc advance- ments made in western radio and television equipment. It recommended, hocaever, that the following two items be added to the present embargo list: (1) Light weight television cameras and transmitters packaged in small units capable of being installed in aircraft. (2) High speed keyer and teleprinter equipment operating in excess of 100 words per minute. StEMOY OF RESULTS 4. The two reports submitted by the Signal Corps Intelligence Agency are a detailed compilation of all information available at the time (1955 and 1956) on Soviet and satellite equipment and potential in the fields of high-power radio transmitters and microwave systems. It is evident that these reports result from a careful study and evaluation of intelligence materials over a considerable period and at the expense of many man-hours by professional intelligence personnel. These reports do not show any marked or demonstrable Soviet Bloc deficiencies in types of transmitters not presently covered by the International. List., The unwillingness expressed by the Signal Corps Intelligence Agency to pursue the investigation further at this time would appear to indicate satisfaction with the present definition, The Office of Naval Intelligence also indicated that the situation had not changed suffi- cient? y since the previous review to justify any further effort at this time. 5. After an intensive review of new developments, which involved overtime work on the part of intelligence personnel, the Air Force Office of Intelli- gence suggested two items for inclusion on the embargo list. The first, television cameras and transmitters for installation in aircraft, would appear to be already covered by Item 1501. The s_cond, high speed teleprinter equip- vent, is only indirectly related to the problem at hand, and should properly be considered in a review of Item 1519. The change could be accompl7.shed, if it is deemed advisable, by revising Item 1519 to read "any speed greater than 100 words per minutes" instead of the present 200 words per minute. CONCLUSION 60 The justification for recommending; the proposed increased coverage for Item 1519 is being further explored and a report will be submitted when all relevant facts are knotrna 7. Otherwise, it appears that this assigarent should be considered closed. The Task Group has no method of collecting intelligence information except as it is supplied by the various intelligence agencies. These agencies have indicated they are unable to devote further effort to this assignment, Furthermore, the military agencies, which should be in the best position to suggest strategic items not covered by the present security list definitions, have expressed satisfaction with the present definitions. It therefore seems most unlikely that any new information rill be developed by the present Task Group. Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328A000100140007-4 Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328A09100140007-4 TASK GROUP `. The participating m nbers of the EDIC Working Group on Radio and Television Transanitters are addressees listed in the Chaimmn's covering memorandm. Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP62-00328A000100140007-4