[National Security Action Memoranda (NSAMs)]

July 29, 1966




The President has noted the memorandum of July 24, 1966, from the Department of State transmitting the conclusion of the Ad Hoc Committee of the National Aeronautics and Space Council that it is a matter of urgency that we clarify and define our policy with respect to the development of the European Launcher Development Organization (ELDO) and the extent of U.S. cooperation with ELDO's present and future programs.

The President concurs in the overall statement of policy that it is in the U.S. interest to encourage the continued development of ELDO through U.S. cooperation. He further approves the recommendation that in the event that ELDO desires cooperation with the U.S. the Department of State in consultation with NASA, the Department of Defense and other responsible agencies, may make the above policy known to the members of ELDO and to take such specific action in cooperation with the other interested agencies as may be necessary to carry out this policy.

The President has also noted that the Department of State with the assistance and agreement of the members of the Ad Hoc Committee of the National Aeronautics and Space Council has prepared a detailed statement defining the nature and extent of U.S. cooperation with ELDO which the U.S. Government is now prepared to extend (attached). He concurs in the desirability of such interdepartmental program development and requests that this statement be continuously reviewed by the responsible agencies to ensure that it is current and responsive in terms of developing circumstances.

Source: Department of State, NSAM Files: Lot 72 D 316. Confidential (declassified).