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May 3, 1975
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-`- "~ Ap roiled For Release 2000/08/. : CIA-RDP80B01500R000200140008-0 - . ri.MORANDUM .W "' . CONFIDENTIAL NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL' May 3, 1975 National Security Decision Memorandum 293 TO: The Secretary of the Treasury The Secretary of Defense The Secretary of Commerce The Deputy Secretary of State SUBJECT: US Approach toward Enhancing the Allied Contribution to the Defense of NATO The President has reviewed our past efforts to encourage our NATO Allies to enhance their contribution to the defense of Europe and to obtain offsets for US budgetary and balance of payments costs in Europe. He has decided to seek another offset agreement with the FIG, provided that the, FRO does not strongly object in principle to a new' agreement. But in general, given.the recent change in the world monetary system and in economic conditions, greater emphasis should be given to encouraging our NATO Allies to increase the quality and effectiveness of their own forces than to efforts to offset US balance of payments and budgetary costs. Our AlUcs should be encouraged to Increase their defense expendi- tures, to undertake force improvement programs to upgrade their military hardware, and, most importantly, to make more effective use of existing defense r'es'ources by reducing the overlap and duplica- tion that exists in many areas of NATO activity. Representatives of the US Government should emphasize to our' NATO Allies that their efforts to strengthen their own forces, pa.rticu- larly through measures increasing the cost-effectiveness of NATO's overall defense capability, will be viewed by the US Government as ? their most significant contribution to the sharing of the burden of NATO defense. In discussing this issue; with Congress, members of the Executive 'Branch should stress that such efforts by our NATO *,NSC Declassification/Release Instructions on File* CONFIDENTIAL - XGDS (3) JVIQ # !GEp~..7 Approved For Release 2000/08/30 : CIA-RDP80BO150OR000200140008-0 Approved For Release 2000/08/30: CIA-RDP80B01500R0002001'40008-0 ?rIA L, Allies both it1crease the Allies' share of the common defense and add to the protection of our own security interests in Europe. Finally, the analysis contained in the 24 March 1975 DPRC paper on Burden- sharing in the Atlantic Alliance should be used in explaining the reduced rtalative importance of budgetary and balance of payments offset. Henry A. Kissinger cc: The Director, Office of Management and Budget The Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff The Dire8tor of Central Intelligence The Director, Council on International Economic Policy CONt'IDENTI.L - XODS (3) Approved For Release 2000/08/30 : CIA-RDP80BO150OR000200140008-0