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July 25, 1958
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,,t_ c -0 i Approved For Release 2,001/%40 IA-RDP63-00 lA-RDP63-00-309A0 C 04/:-y s -X- 9 0 2 0 P 25 July 1958 Y N MORANDUM FOR: Chief, Psychological and Paramilitary Staff, DD/P REFERENCE : PP Staff Memorandum, subject: CIA Task Forces, dated 12 June 1958 1. I concur in the Task Force concept expressed in your memorandum. However, I believe the standby group should include overseas personnel as well. 2. As I see it, there are two parts to the support element of the Task Force: first, there is a headquarters ing ggu which must be assembled during the earliest planning stages of any project requiring its services. This would, in effect, be a project support planning group whose activities would be coordinated by a senior project support planning officer. Second, there is a field support ou which would be comprised of representatives of those elements o a DD S necessary to support the operation. This unit would be headed by a Senior Support Officer who would be able to provide, through his organization, technical guidance and required services to the operational elements of the project in the field. 3. I believe that the detailed planning of the organizational structure of the DD/S component should be integrated with that of the DD/P Task Force. Since this may be some time away, as an interim measure I intend to establish Vthroughout the DD/S. world-wide standby lists of personnel whose current assignments and experience qualify them for one or more jobs in the DD/S component. Where. necessary, documentation and immunizations will be provided to the individuals concerned. As rotation and reassignments occur, this list will be expanded, and when necessary, members will receive specialized train- ing. Also, I intend to have selected from the list a "hard core" of senior officers who can fill key positions. 4. The ramifications stemming from the application of the Task Force concept are extensive and intricate. To mention a few, the location of supply bases from which to support an operation will not be ent ely certain unt the over-all base problem being studied within the Agency is completed. Even when these places have been determined, the effective use of them will depend directly upon the transportation and lines of ccmmanunication to and from the bases. For this we depend largely upon the military; special courses will have to be designed and given, perhaps at the expense of some current training activity; the matter of CPX-type operations must be considered. These and other equally important matters must be carefully examined in order to determine the total impact of the Task FWe type o ration upon the Agency's `ent No. ____ NO C E in Class. [] Class. CHANGED TS ^ DECLAS DDA Memo, 4 X77 the DDA REG. 77 Approved For Release 200110,x/05 : CIID6j3 Approved For Re-ase 2001/04/0 RDP63-9AO00100030054-4 SUBJECT: CIA Task Forces :coNF,DE,v TIAL operation as a whole. This, in my opinion, is an extremely important part of the planning which must be done if a real Task Force capability, supported by the best resources of the Agency, is to be developed. To this end, I request that this office be provided with the details of the action you propose to take. 5. Members of my Staff are now available to work with your representa- tives in the preparation of a detailed, coordinated Task Force plan which I hope will embody the principles outlined in your letter as well as those stated above. /s/ L. K. WHITE Deputy Director (Support) 25X1A9a SPA-DD/S :mrf (24 July 1958) Distribution: Orig. & 1 - Addressee 1 - COP-DD/P 1 - SSA-DD/S 1 - Dir/Personnel 2-DDS 2 - SPA-DD/S Approved For Release 200" #ffift3-00309A000100030054-4