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STAT WA T.N1r"T'f 11\1 c^r t n Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release @ 50-Yr 2014/01/06: CIA-RDP73-00475R000402420002-4 ? /WU Z 1:.ibb 1S-ENATE-ARMY CONFLICT 'Cc:1mile Fund ShIft By WALTER PINCUS ? Star Staff Writer The Senate Appropriations Committee has moved to pre- vent the Army from spending $1.1,. million?originally ear- marked for Project Camelot?on other behavioral science or human factors research in the coming year.. In its report on the Defense Department appropriation bill, released Wednesday, the Senate group concurred with a House reduction of $1.5 million in behavioral research and added: "In addition, the committee also recommends a reduction of $1.1 million for the recently canceled Camelot project." ? Although the Defense Depart- ment canceled Camelot last month, American University's Special Operations Research Office (SORO) was assured by Army contract monitors that funds originally earmarked for Camelot would continue to be 'available to SORO for support of new research projects. SORO's Camelot contingent? retitled Special Activities Group I(SAG)?is currently at work on ;new proposals to present to the Army. In addition, individuals :are helping out with SORO projects. The Senate committee's $2.6- million reduction in Army- 'financed behavioral science studies was part of some $32 million cut from that depart- 'ment's $L4-billion budget for 'research, development, test and 'evaluation progFams ,foKliisc41 Reductions of $500,000?as first proposed by the House? also were made in the behav- ioral science accounts of Navy, Air Force and Defense Depart- ment research budgets. The House cuts were proposed after the defense appropriations subcommittee called attention to the Defense Department's $20-million behavioral science research program. In recom- mending reductions in the area, the House group criticized studies "concerned with trivial matters on which intelligent people should not require studi- es in order to be informed." ? . Flareup in Chile In June, The Star published a story about a public flareup in Chile caused by a SORO repre- sentative making preliminary inquiries aimed at instituting a Camelot study in that country. Camelot was to be a multi- nation study of insurgent ele- ments designed to help predict and thus possibly control social change in developing nations. U. S. Ambassador to Chile Ralph Dungan?previously uninformed ' of the Camelot program?complained to Wash- ington about the Pentagon. sponsored study. Sparked by the news stories and Dungan's complaints, the administration?from the White House on down?began to study the foreign research program. On July 8, the Pentagon can- celed Camelot and. four days later, according' to the Senate ? ,Appropriations .Committee . !report, ? ? Defense.. 'Secretary ?t. ti) Robert McNamara Issued a, directive "requiring that all studies in or for the Department of Defense, the conduct of which may affect the relations of the United States with foreign governments, are to be cleared with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Secu- rity Affairs." Closed Hearing Held On Aug. 2, the White House released a letter from the President to Secretary of State Dean Rusk directing the latter to assume responsibility for clearing all government-spon- sored social science research in the area of foreign policy. Since that time, State officials have been at work setting up machinery to implement the President's directive. Meanwhile, a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee is prepar- ing to release edited transcripts of its three-day closed hearing on Camelot and other Defense- sponsored behavioral science research. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has yet to decide whether to go ahead with its Camelot inquiry. The study was requested by Sen. Eugene Mc- Carthy, D-Minn., and staff work has been done. McCarthy's recent illness has been one cause for the delay. Another rests with the committee's satisfaction with the administra- tion's response to the situation., There is some feeling that a full-scale inquiry should await a', test of the new machinery that's, been created to prevent another. Camelot from occurring. , Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release @ 50-Yr 2014/01/06: CIA-RDP73-00475R000402420002-4