4. Memorandum From the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Secretary of Defense (Wilson)1


  • United States-United Kingdom Cooperation for Communication or Exchange of Atomic Energy Information

Reference is made to a memorandum by the Acting Secretary of Defense, dated 13 November 1954 on the above subject.2

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The Joint Chiefs of Staff recommend that the attached list of types of atomic information3 be included in the agreement for cooperation as being descriptive of the types of information which will be made available. In this connection the agreement should state that the United States reserves to itself final decision on making any specific item of information available.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff recommend that, for communication of atomic information, existing channels for communication of classified information be utilized, subject to the following:
Data on the tactical and strategical matters relating to atomic weapons to be communicated only through channels established under the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to be kept strictly in military channels.
Other atomic information within the scope of the cooperation to be subject to the procedures, practices, and regulations of the State-Defense Military Information Control Committee.
For the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
Arthur Radford 4
  1. Source: Department of State, Atomic Energy Files: Lot 57 D 688, Country File: United Kingdom. Top Secret. No drafting information is given on the source text.
  2. Not found in the Eisenhower Library or Department of State files.
  3. Not attached to the source text and not found in the Eisenhower Library or Department of State files.
  4. Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.