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October 16, 2002
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April 2, 1957
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Approved For Release 2002/10/29 : CIA-RDP62B00844R000200070215-8 .nd how. Lo ng further ahead there are decisions to be made about the t AQUATONE Pans The purpose of this memorandum is to remind you of the major O NDUM rolls Director of Central Intelligence Z April 1957 Deputy Director of Central Intelligence decisions that need to be made in the near future concerning AQUA TONE and to outline the manner in which I recommend that these decisions be obtained. 2. It goes without saying that the most important matter to be decided is whether we will be allowed to operate this summer and if so, where ion and termination of this project after next fall. The basic planning decision is whether the Agency is to retain a capability after the fall of 1957 and under what cover. If a capability is to be retained, four specific courses of action under consideration seem at this time to exhaust the possibilities. ee, Continued Operation at roughly present strength. d operation with two detachments with fewer present number of people. 5X1 C d. Continued operation with either One Or two carrier-based detachments in cooperation with the Navy. of the last two modes of operation could of coarse be combined Air Force basses as at present. 25X1A 3. Considerable urgency attaches to the making of these longer run 25X1 'A plans. Decisions must be made in the near future on the disposition the recruitment and training of replacement personnel of all categories, the budget for Fiscal Year 1958, our requirement for the facilities now occupied at AF bases abroad (especially Adana), the conversion or purchase of equip- ment for carrier opeeraus(if alternative course of action d. is contemplated) Approved For Release 2002/10129 : CIA-RDP62B00844R000200070215-8 Approved For Release 2002/1 0/29 ,E,1P62B00844F .000200070215-8 and the number of aircraft to be turned over to SAC. If these decisions cannot be made in a reasonably orderly way, opportunities will be lost, funds and personnel will be wasted and effectiveness will be impaired. 4. A fact which has a most important bearing on decisions con- cerning both this summer and the next season is the progress being made rogram. I am now reasonably confident that we will be s by the time we sees the President to report that we have achieved approx mately the maximum result we have thought possible but we will have to explain that there is still a good chance of at least occasional detection. I am also confident that if this degree of achievement is confirmed, the vulnerability of the U-2 aircraft to interception will be little higher next . Accordingly, RAINBOW improves the chances for operations this season and Justifies reconsideration of the original concept of terminating AQUATONE, which was based on the assumption that the U-2's comparative inity from interception would not last more than two years beyond its 25X1A 6. Recommendations: I believe it vital that you, or you and General *gether, obtain the President's views on the questions posed above, ding those that relate to next year. I submit that this activity is far too costly in money and personnel to be continued very much longer unless the President so desires. Some elements at least in the Air Force will oppose the maintenance of a capability beyond the present season unless they have reason to believe that this capability is more likely to be used if it remains in our hands then if it 1s transferred to theirs. A Presidential opinion would both furnish this indication and carry the authority that would assure continued willing cooperation. I recommend, therefore: a. That these issues be discussed with General with the JCS. prior b. That you discuss with the JCS the various possible courses action, and state your intention of seeking Presidential Guidance. Approved For Release 2002/10129"`:'CIA-RDP62B00844R000200070215-8 Approved For Release 2002/10/29 : CIA-RDP62B00844R000200070215-8 c. That you ibm r*st4snt without .tt $ rsco of US opinion. r x*. Mr. cbs+e o Prej. Cbr o (f*td) pra se at thss. a Approved For Release 2002/10779 : CIA-RDP62B00844R000200070215-8