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January 30, 1964
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Approved For Release 2000/08/16 : CIA-RDP80T00704A000100020005-1 CONFIDENTIAL P Y Washington OSD DECLASSIFICATION INSTRUCTIONS ON FILE Honorable John A. McCone Director, Central Intelligence Washington 25, D. C. 30 January 1964 We have made substantial progress in the past year in refining our estimates of Soviet general purpose forces. I have been particularly pleased with the joint effort in this field by CIA and DIA which was reflected most recently in the new estimate, NIE 11-14-63, "Capabilities of the Soviet General Purpose Forces, 1963-1969. " I would appreciate your passing on my thanks to those persons responsible for this work. I believe that this new estimate gives us a much sounder basis for our planning and for planning within NATO. But along with a better picture of the true general purpose force strengths of the USSR, the estimate does reveal limits to our knowledge. I am optimistic that further . progress can be made toward definitive calculation of the strengths and weaknesses of the Soviets. I will be interested in seeing the results of your follow-on studies of costing, equipment production and inventory, and tables of organization and equipment. I have sent a similar communication to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sincerely, /S/ BOB, CONFIDENTIAL Approved For Release 2000/08/16 : CIA-RDP80T00704A000100020005-1