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April 17, 1963
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Approved For Release 2003/04/24: CIA-RDP80B01676R0 $QL68RH5%$ 17 April 1963 MEMORANDUM FOR: Members of Executive Committee SUBJECT : Future Housing of CIA Units In attempting to comply with Action Memorandum No. 217, it is fundamental to decide first the question of the location of the Clandestine Services. Kirk advises me that this will be the subject to be discussed at a special Executive Committee Meeting on Friday, 19 April. I am attaching hereto Mr. Dulles's memorandum of 21 August 1961 to McGeorge Bundy which may be helpful in preparing your thoughts for the discussion on Friday. L. K. White Deputy Director (Support) 2 attachments Att 1: Mr. Dulles's memorandum Att 2: Action Memorandum No. 217 25X1 Approved For Release 2003104(24f:e!C1A+ P80B01676R000100160037-6 SECRET Approved For Release 2003/04/24: CIA-RDP80B01676W0100160037-6 21 August 1961 MEMORANDUM FOR: The Honorable McGeorge Bundy Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs SUBJECT CIA Occupancy of the New Building in McLean, Virginia (Recommendation by the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board of 18 July, 1961) In your memorandum of July 24 you transmitted to me for comment, before its submission to the President, the following recommendation of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in its report to the President of 18 July 1961: "The Board recommends that action should be taken at the earliest possible date to assure that the Central Intelligence Agency's plans for the occupancy of the new building in McLean, Virginia are feasible. (We believe there are valid questions that may be raised about these plans. In particular, there are questions about moving all of the clandestine activities into the building. We recommend accordingly that these plans be reviewed administratively, and that a feasibility study be made as to the possibility of housing all of the clandestine functions, or some part thereof, in another place. We believe it may be appropriate to house in the new building some of the non-clandestine functions of the Central Intelligence Agency which are now scheduled to be relocated to other buildings in Washington)". The points which the Board has raised in this recommendation affect a very important phase of the work of C.I.A., and I wish, at the outset, to assure you that the feasibility of our planned occupancy of the new building has been thoroughly considered and under constant review since the building program was initiated more than ten years C ago. 0 Approved For Release 2003/04/24: lp-0B01676R000100160037-6 SECRET Approved For Ruse 2003/04/24: CIA-RDP80B01676F .0100160037-6 My comments on the Board's recommendations fall into two general categories; first, the practical problem with which we are faced today as regards the relocation of our personnel; second, the question of tradecraft in the field of our clandestine functions. Since 1951 the Agency has been planning the construction of a building which would house the major part of our headquarters personnel. This project was initiated after careful consideration of the security and other factors involved in this procedure. The original decision to proceed was reached by General Waiter Bedell Smith, who was then Director, at a time when, as now, our activities were scattered among some 30 buildings, for the most part of temporary construction. In presenting the matter to the Congress at that time, the security risks involved in transporting classified documents between buildings and the physical insecurity of the temporary buildings themselves were stressed, as well as the economy and efficiency of operations from a single headquarters building. As a result of this presentation, the Congress on 28 September 1951, passed an authorizing measure for $38 million. Due to a technicality, the appropriating action failed of passage and it was not until 1 July 1955, after a site had been selected and approved by the appropriate authorities, that the President renewed the request to the Congress for the necessary legislation. On 4 August 1955 the Congress appropriated funds for the preparation of plans and specifications and in 1956, the Congress appropriated the funds to complete the building and the access highways. As the printed hearings before the Senate Appropriations Committee evidence, the entire question of the security of the Agency's operations was gone into in great detail. The pros and cons of the location of our headquarters clandestine services personnel in one building, which we in the Agency had been studying for many years, were carefully considered by the members of Congress directly concerned. It was clearly the understanding of the Congress in making the appropriation for our headquarters that these personnel would be included in the new building. -2- Approved For Release 2003/04/24: M11111 DP 0B01676R000100160037-6 it 9 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/04/24: CIA-RDP80B01676R000100160037-6 Next 4 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2003/04/24: CIA-RDP80B01676R000100160037-6 iM.A. Approved For Release 2003/04/24: CIA-RDP80B01676R000100160037-6 25X1 ,s ALLEN W. DULLES Director cc: The President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board QCph- For Release 2003/04/24: 12P80B01676R000100160037-6 n ~[t Approved For Release 2003/04/24: CIA-RDP80B01676R000100160037-6 Approved For Release 2003/04/24: CIA-RDP80B01676R000100160037-6