THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Washington 25, D.C.
December 6, 1950


MEMORANDUM FOR COLONEL KREPS

Subject: Procedure to Insure Prompt Dissemination
             of Any Overt Hostile Act by a Foreign Power.


          1.    The Deputy Secretary of Defense was notified
by telephone this date by the Secretary of State of an
incident which apparently should have received the at-
tention of the Deputy Secretary prior to Secretary of
State. Lacking information he was forced to make a
noncommittal reply and was placed in an embarrassing
position thereby. In a similar situation, the incident
could be more serious.

          2. Will you please check the channels whereby
the Deputy Secretary is notified of similar incidents
to determine their adequacy and timeliness? This office
should have copies of directives concerning channels for
emergency messages.

          3. Should the above channels not appear adequate,
please submit your recommendations as to any changes
necessary.
                    [signed]
C.A. RANDALL
Lt. Colonel, U.S.M.C.


Note: A.F. Command
Post has been instructed
to notify Col Carter &
Col Randall in the event
of an alert

[Above handwritten on letter.]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
Headquarters United States Air Force
Washington, 25, D.C.
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SECDEF.
HAS SEEN
DEP. SEC.
                                                           6 December 1950

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

                                            Attention: Colonel Kreps

SUBJECT: Air Alert - 1030 Hours, 6 December 1950


1. The ConAC Air Defense Controller notified the Headquarters
USAF Command Post that at 1030 hours a number of unidentified aircraft
were approaching the northeast area of the United States and that
there was no reason to believe the aircraft were friendly.

2. This information was further amplified at 1010 hours as
follows. By radar contact it was determined that approximately
40 aircraft were in the flight, at 32,000 feet, on a course of
200 degrees, in the vicinity of Limestone, Maine.

(par 3 missing)

4. The Office of the President was notified. Brigadier General
Landry returned the call and stated that the President had been notified
and that

          a. All information in this matter was to be released by
the Department of the Air Force.

          b. Office of the President would release no information.
 
          c. The substance of a and b above was to be passed to the
Office of the Secretary of Defense

5. At 1101 hours the ConAC Air Defexise Controller stated that the
original track had faded out and it appears that the flight as
originally identified is a friendly flight

6. ConAc took immediate action to dispatch interceprors on the
initial contact.
[signed]
CHARLES B. WINKLE
AsstExecutive,
Directorate of Plans

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Commanders addressed take such action as is feasible to
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