The Secretary of State to the Diplomatic Representative in the American Republics Except Argentina and Panama
Future Military Cooperation With the Other American Republics
Sirs: Reference is made to Department telegrams of August 11, 4 p.m. and August 22, 3 p.m.46 concerning a document on future military [Page 250] cooperation with the other American republics drafted by the State, War, and Navy Departments and accepted by the President in July. A copy of this document is enclosed.
It will be noted that the document sets forth general principles to guide the State, War, and Navy Departments in their policy of providing indoctrination, training, and equipment for the armed forces of the other American republics. The document thus is the next logical step after the agreement by the three Departments to hold staff conversations, in that it provides the manner in which the conversations are to be implemented and the responsibilities of the three Departments in their implementation. On the Department rests the responsibility of passing on basic plans and projects for carrying out these plans submitted by the War and Navy Departments. It is the Department’s further responsibility to request such adjustments in approved projects as may be necessitated by unforeseen political developments. The Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions are charged with the responsibility of guiding the senior representatives of the War and Navy Departments in the various American republics: on all matters the Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions may deem to be of a political nature or such as may affect our foreign relations.
The War and Navy Departments will shortly submit for the approval of the Department an interim project47 for the implementation of those staff conversations whose results have so far been studied. In making its decision the Department considers it important to ascertain the probable effect upon the financial structure and political conditions of the other American republics of carrying out the recommendations of the staff conversations. In the absence of final proposals by the War and Navy Departments, it is requested that the Embassy base its opinions upon the recommendations resulting from the staff conversations. The Embassy is accordingly requested, if it has not already done so, to study this question and report its conclusions to the Department.
As is mentioned in the enclosed document, it is the intention of the three Departments to seek new legislation to carry out the policy and program of military cooperation with the other American republics. Until such legislation can be enacted the provisions of the Surplus Property Act and of other applicable laws will be used for this purpose.
Very truly yours,
- Circular telegram of August 22, not printed.↩
- Presumably the interim plan referred to by the Secretary of War, supra.↩
- This statement, drafted by the State–War–Navy Subcommittee on Latin America, was approved by President Truman by memorandum from Potsdam, dated July 29, 1945 (SWNCC 4/12). It is generally referred to as SWNCC 4/10, July 7, 1945, “Statement of Policy Governing the Provision by the United States of Indoctrination, Training and Equipment for the Armed Forces of the Other American Republics.”↩
- Agreement Between the United States of America and Other American Republics contained in the Final Act of the Inter-American Conference on Problems of War and Peace, signed at Mexico City, March 8, 1945, effective the same date; for text, see Department of State, Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS) No. 1543, or 60 Stat. (pt. 2) 1831; for documentation on the Conference see ante, pp. 1 ff.↩
- Not printed.↩