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Approved For Release 2006/03/17: CIA-RDP80R01731 R091 N FD E N T I A L" PSYCHOLGGICAL STRATEGY BOARD WASHINGTON July 3, 1952 Mr, George S. Franklin, Jr. Council on Foreign Relations 58 East 68th Street New York, New York Dear George: I have told our Director, Dr. Raymond B. Allen, about the talk I had with you in New York last week, and with his authorization I shall try to elaborate a little upon some of the points I made: As I explained to you, we are deeply concerned with the related problems of promoting unity of purpose among the Atlantic Powers -- particularly among the members of NATO -- and of stimulating a greater release of creative energy in the Atlantic Community as a whole. In addition to the various governmental programs directed at these prob- lems, it seems to us that certain types of non-governmental activity might make a valuable contribution to their solution. In particular we feel that some very important long-range results might be achieved through a well-organized and carefully prepared non-governmental cnfer- ence or seminar of American and European leaders somewhat along the lines of the American Assembly which General Eisenhower sponsored at Columbia, This "Atlantic Assembly" would bring together outstanding leaders in various branches of public and private life from all of the NATO powers, from the German Federal Republic, and perhaps from friendly neutral countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, and Eire. Its goal would not be to produce manifestos or other propagandistic statements but to engage in sober, objective study of a number of vital problems common to the Atlantic Community as a whole, and to seek constructive solutions to these problems. It would not be expected that the work of the conference would lead directly to governmental action or to the launching of popular movements. The aim would not be to manipulate but to educate and stimulate. The agenda of the proposed conference might concentrate on some particularly important and timely topic but it seems to me that it would be most valuable if it included at least some discussion of the outstanding political, economic, social and Even scientific and technological problems related to the security and continued progress of the Atlantic Community, since all of them are inter-related? NSC review(s) completed. Approved For Release 2006/03/17 : CIA-RDP80RO1731 ROO1200010014-7 Approved For Release 2006/03/17 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R001200010014-7 Without in any way deprecating the importance of strengthening political ties among the free nationsin the Atlantic world, or the need for a greater armaments effort, or the problem of trade-expansion, it seems to me that the problem underlying all others for the free world is the problem of invention. Only by a tremendous release of the creative imagination aid energy of the free peoples, only by raising our sights in every field, can we develop the dynamism to withstand communist expansion and recover that faith in the future which is an essential part of our Western -- and particularly American heritage. Invent -- or vanish, is the choice that history offers us, We need new discoveries, new techniques; new tools and weapons, new social, political and economic concepts. The need is particularly great in the countries of continental Europe where tr