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July 11, 2002
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February 23, 1965
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OSD HAS NO OBJECTION TO DECLASSIFICATION AND RELEASE. Honorable John A. Mc Cone Director of Central Intelligence Washington, p. C. Your letter of February 5, 1965 refers to the Congressional hearings for the NRO budget in FY 1966. Modifications to the pro- cedure followed last year are, of course,- possible. As you know., last year Charlie Hitch and Harold Brown presented the budget to Congressiona3. committees and Dr. McMillan did not participate in the presentation. Since the presentation and substantiation of this budget is the responsibility of the executive agent, we had planned to follow the same procedure this year. We planned to ask Brown and Hitch to "do the presenting and the supporting again and to keep the DNRO in the background to reduce the number of detailed questions that could be asked. The modification of last year's procedure to include members of the CIA in these discussions may well be useful. Presence of members of your organization could be helpful in responding to any questions which may arise relative to the financial management, accounting and contracting F On the other hand, we should be careful lest, by modifying our procedure, we encourage pro tracted hearings in the area of appropriations. As you correctly stated, separate generalized discussions were held with you, Senator Russell, and elements of the Department of Defense; it might well be;that continuation of this procedure would be better. OSland NRO revs w(s) completed. We should separately examine the clearance situation for such- projects as the SR-71, YF-12A, J-58 engine and 417 weather satellite. I believe that these items will be subjected to a careful examination by broader elements of the committee than heretofore. For this reason, information regarding clearances of members of these com- mittees is essential for DOD witnesses to properly plan their answers. -Please let us have such information as soon as is convenient. RE; f~ADING: f Pfl f'R ='( .10 Approved Fb-F-Me lease 2002/08/20 : CIA-RDP71 B0, OP71 B00508R00 0090022-4 THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON, D. C. 20301 NRO 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release ~ 002/08/20: CIA-RDP71 B00508R000100090022-4 It seems to me that your suggestion of adding CIA personnel to the DOD presentation of the NRP to the Congress so as to empha- size the joint character of the program is -a healthy one. I would suggest that, together with information regarding clearance of the elements of Congress, you will let us know who will represent CIA when Mr. Hitch and Dr. Brown will be called by the Appropriation Committees. It may well be that, if this new procedure is employed, we will also ask Dr. McMillan to be present; your opinion on this whole issue will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, 25X1 Approved For Rel ase 2002/08/20: CIA-RDP71 B00508R000100090022-4 25X1 Next 1 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2002/08/20 : CIA-RDP71 B00508R000100090022-4 Approved For Release 2002/08/20 : CIA-RDP71 B00508R000100090022-4