March 17, 1969
MEMORANDUM FROM SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LAIRD TO SECRETARY OF STATE, 'STOPPING THE INTRODUCTION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS INTO THE MIDDLE EAST'
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get citationColonel Robert P. Pursley, discussed the Israeli nuclear issue with other senior officials at the Pentagon, and drafted a memorandum that the Defense Secretary sent to Rogers, Kissinger, and Helms on 14 March 1969. Believing it is necessary to convey “a sense of urgency,” the memorandum restated the earlier [Warnke’s] points about the need for a meeting and included new intelligence about Israeli efforts to acquire high speed computers for use in a weapons program."Memorandum from Secretary of Defense Laird to Secretary of State, 'Stopping the Introduction of Nuclear Weapons into the Middle East'," March 17, 1969, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Mandatory declassification review request. Originally published in Avner Cohen and William Burr, eds., National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book #485 (September 12, 2014). https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121100