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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1951. The Near East and Africa

The Near and Middle East: multilateral relations,   pp. 1-342 PDF (132.2 MB)

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  4. The effectiveness of intelligence-collection activities of service
attaches has been affected adversely because of too frequent rotation,
apparent absence of any consistent policy of regional specialization,
and their heavy burden of administrative duties.
B. Recommendations
  1. It was recommended that the adequacy of present United States-
United Kingdom intelligence cooperation in the various countries of
the Middle East be explored by each Chief of Mission, with a view
to formulation of further recommendations on this subject.
  2. The Department should, through Central Intelligence Agency
  and the other intelligence agencies, seek better coordination in Wash-
  ington of intelligence objectives and directives, and keep all Chiefs
  of Mission currently informed as to such objectives, directives and in-
  dications forhis area.
  3. The Chief of Mission, either personally or through his deputy
  or representative, should discharge fully his coordinating responsi-
  bilities, and should keep generally informed of all intelligence activi-
  ties in his area.
  4. Central Intelligence Agency should instruct its representatives
  to cooperate more fully with the Chief of Mission in order that he may
  advise them fully with respect to their plans and activities; and to
  be guided by the advice received.
  5. Central Intelligence Agency should coordinate its activities in
  a given country by designation of an existing representative as coordi-
  nator, not by introduction of new coordinating personnel not engaged
  in substantive work.
    6. Administrative demands on service attaches should be simplified,
  and country or area specialization should be encouraged.
    8. The Department should find means of apprising the field of the
  use made of reports from the field, with frank notations where neces-
  sary as to the adequacy of such reports.
  A. Conclusions
    1. USIE operations in the Middle East are in general adequately
  staffed, provided the present tables of organization are filled.
    2. USIE programs generally support the objectives of US foreign
  policy in the conference area, although their degree of "success varies
  from country to country. Iran presents a special problem in this
  regard, because of the attitude of the population, the difficulties
  created by the Iranian Government, and the virtual propaganda

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