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Approved For Release 2002/06/18: CIA-RDP85G00105R000100130027-1 .. ~.. g n, ... _ ~ ? 3 - g'T~'':~- 25X1A Special Assistant to the DDI SUBJECT Requirements Survey 1, We have reviewed the draft Directorate position on the IG Survey, and find it generally satisfactory. The CGAG proposal is particularly constructive. 2. We have one reservation, concerning the revised Recammendatians 1 and 2. Para (b} (2} recommends in favorable terms consideration of a proposal that DCID 1/2 define geographic areas which do not warrant intelligence collection. I think this is very dangerous. Stepping through the looking glass from the requirements world into the real world in which t3CI functions, one finds it necessary to live with the White House, PFIA$, Congress and the press. None of these bodies is notably understanding of our problems, and all are pathologically obsessed with "being taken by surprise." The first coup in an obscure African capital on which UCi can shed no light because it has no information, anti the world will be told that CIA bungled again. The DCID will not be a shield, but a bludgeon with which to bash us for our lack of elementary foresight. It is easy to envisage USIB in 1959 decreeing that the Belgian Congo was not worth the trouble. 3. OCI works, and is expected to work, where the news is. To adopt this proposal is to make a fundamental change in our zzission, one which has ramifications through- out the executive branch. A massive reeducation of our customers and overseers will be required, and some pupils are notable under-achievers in this regard . When bir . ~IcCane wanted to know something he tended to be indifferent to the fait that inforr~ation way not available. This characteristic is not unknown in the ~V'hite House. "It says right here in DCID 1/2 that we don't have to do that" will not be an acceptable excuse, Approved For Release 2002/06/18: CIA-RDP85G00105R000100130027-1 Approved For Release 2002/06/18: CIA-RDP85G00105R000100130027-1 ~. Another question which arises is the impact of this proposal on the NIS program. To decide that the US Government is no longer interested in basic intelli- gence on large pieces oP real. estate is t? transform the philosophy of tt~e program. I am not saying this is undesirable, only that the question cannot be considered safely in the requirements conte~tt. 5. Note that I am not addressing myself to priorities. Clearly some areas are more important than otherr~. I am concerned about the absolute ,jud~ents which this pro- posal requires. E. DREXEL GODFREY, JR. Director of Current Intelligence Distribution: 0 & 1 - Addressee 1 - ASP/OCI 1 - DOCI Chrono 1 - DOCI PubGenFile Approved For Release 2002/06/18: CIA-RDP85G00105R000100130027-1