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Air America during Viet Nam

Some Air America cables from Wikileaks

Keywords: Viet Nam

http://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1974DANANG00410_b.html

SEPTEMBER 16 AT COORDINATES YD 332565 IN TRIEU PHONG DISTRICT,
QUANG TRI PROVINCE, APPROXIMATELY 2 1/2 KILOMETERS EAST OF QUANG
TRI CITADEL. ON BOARD THE HELICOPTER WERE THREE CREW AND ONE
AMERICAN EMPLOYEE AND ONE PHILIPPINO EMPLOYEE OF OUR QUANG TRI
PROVINCIAL OFFICE, BOTH REFUGEE OFFICERS. NO RPT NO PERSONS
WERE WOUNDED. THE HELICOPTER RETURNED UNDER ITS OWN POWER AND
LANDED SAFELY IN DANANG AT APPROXIMATELY 0930.

2. ACCORDING TO AIR AMERICA STATION CHIEF CAPTAIN FRANK STERGAR,
CHOPPER WAS FLYING AT APPROXIMATELY 50-FOOT ALTITUDE ON HEADING
020. COORDINATES INDICATE POSITION WAS NOT FAR FROM QUANG
TRI MAIN LINE OF RESISTANCE. THERE IS A RESETTLEMENT SITE AT THIS
LOCATION WHICH HAS FREQUENTLY BEEN VISITED BY CONGEN REPRESENTA-
TIVES WITHOUT INCIDENT, MOST RECENTLY SEPTEMBER 9. PILOT TOLD
STERGAR THAT SMALL ARMS FIRE WAS "INTENSE." STERGAR SAYS HE
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EXPECTS HELICOPTER WILL REQUIRE ROTOR BLADE CHANGE BUT SAYS
HIS MECHANICS ARE STILL INSPECTING HELICOPTER, AND FULL EXTENT
OF DAMAGE IS STILL UNDETERMINED.

3. I AM INSTRUCTING OUR HELICOPTER PILOTS NOT TO FLY IN THIS
AREA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, PENDING A RE-EXAMINATION OF SECURITY
IN THIS LOCATION.
POPPLE

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Capture Date: 01 JAN 1994 APPROVED <04
Channel Indicators: n/a
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Concepts: HELICOPTERS, COMBAT CASUALTIES
Control Number: n/a
Copy: SINGLE
Draft Date: 16 SEP 1974
Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960
Decaption Note: n/a
Disposition Action: RELEASED
Disposition Approved on Date: n/a
Disposition Authority: cunninfx
Disposition Case Number: n/a
Disposition Comment: 25 YEAR REVIEW
Disposition Date: 28 MAY 2004
Disposition Event: n/a
Disposition History: n/a
Disposition Reason: n/a
Disposition Remarks: n/a
Document Number: 1974DANANG00410
Document Source: CORE
Document Unique ID: 00
Drafter: n/a
Enclosure: n/a
Executive Order: N/A
Errors: N/A
Film Number: D740258-0454
From: DANANG
Handling Restrictions: n/a
Image Path: n/a
ISecure: 1
Legacy Key: link1974/newtext/t19740943/aaaabkku.tel
Line Count: 68
Locator: TEXT ON-LINE, ON MICROFILM
Office: ACTION EA
Original Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
Original Handling Restrictions: n/a
Original Previous Classification: n/a
Original Previous Handling Restrictions: n/a
Page Count: 2
Previous Channel Indicators: n/a
Previous Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
Previous Handling Restrictions: n/a
Reference: n/a
Review Action: RELEASED, APPROVED
Review Authority: cunninfx
Review Comment: n/a
Review Content Flags: n/a
Review Date: 13 AUG 2002
Review Event: n/a
Review Exemptions: n/a
Review History: RELEASED <13-Aug-2002 by boyleja>;
MAR 2003 by cunninfx>
Review Markings: n/a

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Secure: OPEN
Status: NATIVE
Subject: AIR AMERICA HELICOPTER DAMAGED BY GUNFIRE
TAGS: MILI, PINS, VS, AIR AMERICA
To: SAIGON
Type: TE
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO
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Canonical ID: 1974STATE204694_b
Subject: PW/MIA DEBRIEFINGS
From: Department of State
To: COMUSSAG JCRC NKP THAILAND, Commander United States

Military Assistance Command Thailand, Commander in Chief US Pacific
Command, Four Party Joint Military Team, Laos Vientiane, Thailand
Bangkok, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
Original Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: -- N/A or Blank --
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
Type: TE
Locator: TEXT ON MICROFILM, TEXT ONLINE
Reference(s): n/a
Executive Order (E.O.): -- N/A or Blank --
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO

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Enclosure: -- N/A or Blank --
Concepts: DEBRIEFINGS, INFORMANTS, MIA, POW, WELFARE &

WHEREABOUTS
TAGS: Laos [LA]
Military and Defense Affairs--Military Operations [MOPS]
Thailand [TH]
United States [US]
Office: -- N/A or Blank --
Document Character Count: 956
Date: 1974 September 17, 22:20 (Tuesday)

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15
ORIGIN DPW-01

INFO OCT-01 EA-11 ISO-00 IO-14 PM-07 CIAE-00 INR-11

NSAE-00 RSC-01 DODE-00 /046 R

DRAFTED BY D/PW - FASIEVERTS:LEM
APPROVED BY D/PW - FASIEVERTS
EA/LC - MR HENDERSON
--------------------- 047498
R 172220Z SEP 74
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY VIENTIANE
INFO AMEMBASSY BANGKOK
AMEMBASSY SAIGON
COMUSSAG/JCRC NKP THAILAND
CH USDEL FPJMT SAIGON
COMUSMACTHAI J2
CINCPAC

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E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: MOPS, LA, TH
SUBJECT: PW/MIA DEBRIEFINGS

1) BROTHER OF EUGENE DEBRUIN US CIVILIAN AIR AMERICA
EMPLOYEE CAPTURED IN LAOS SEPT. 5, 1963 ASKS IF THAI/LAO
RETURNEES COULD BE QUERIED FOR INFORMATION ON TWO THAI AND
ONE CHINESE REPORTED HELD WITH EUGGENE AT TIME OF
HIS ESCAPE ATTEMPT IN 1966. NAMES ARE PRASIT PROMSUWAN
AND PRASIT THANEE (THAI) AND "TO YICK CHIU" (HONG KONG
CHINESE, BRITISH PASSAPORT). KISSINGER

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Capture Date: 01 JAN 1994 INFORMANTS
Channel Indicators: n/a APPROVED <06
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Concepts: MIA, POW, WELFARE & WHEREABOUTS, DEBRIEFINGS,
Control Number: n/a
Copy: SINGLE
Draft Date: 17 SEP 1974
Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960
Decaption Note: n/a
Disposition Action: RELEASED
Disposition Approved on Date: n/a
Disposition Authority: cunninfx
Disposition Case Number: n/a
Disposition Comment: 25 YEAR REVIEW
Disposition Date: 28 MAY 2004
Disposition Event: n/a
Disposition History: n/a
Disposition Reason: n/a
Disposition Remarks: n/a
Document Number: 1974STATE204694
Document Source: CORE
Document Unique ID: 00
Drafter: FASIEVERTS:LEM
Enclosure: n/a
Executive Order: N/A
Errors: N/A
Film Number: D740260-1176
From: STATE
Handling Restrictions: n/a
Image Path: n/a
ISecure: 1
Legacy Key: link1974/newtext/t19740938/aaaabfsv.tel
Line Count: 48
Locator: TEXT ON-LINE, ON MICROFILM
Office: ORIGIN DPW
Original Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
Original Handling Restrictions: n/a
Original Previous Classification: n/a
Original Previous Handling Restrictions: n/a
Page Count: 1
Previous Channel Indicators: n/a
Previous Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
Previous Handling Restrictions: n/a
Reference: n/a
Review Action: RELEASED, APPROVED
Review Authority: cunninfx
Review Comment: n/a
Review Content Flags: n/a
Review Date: 23 JUL 2002
Review Event: n/a
Review Exemptions: n/a
Review History: RELEASED <23 JUL 2002 by kelleyw0>;
MAR 2003 by cunninfx>
Review Markings: n/a

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US Department of State CIVILIAN AIR
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Review Media Identifier: n/a
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Review Withdrawn Fields: n/a
Secure: OPEN
Status: NATIVE
Subject: PW/MIA DEBRIEFINGS 1) BROTHER OF EUGENE DEBRUIN US
AMERICA
TAGS: MOPS, LA, TH, US, (DEBRUIN, EUGENE), (PRASIT PROMSUWAN),
THANEE), (TO YICK CHIU)
To: VIENTIANE
Type: TE
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO
Review 30 JUN 2005

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Canonical ID: 1974STATE206313_b
Subject: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA PLANS FOR TERMINATION OF

SERVICES
From: Department of State
To: Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
Original Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: -- N/A or Blank --
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
Type: TE
Locator: TEXT ON MICROFILM, TEXT ONLINE
Reference(s): n/a
Executive Order (E.O.): -- N/A or Blank --
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO

Systematic Review 30 JUN 2005
Enclosure: -- N/A or Blank --
Concepts: CIVIL AVIATION, DEBT REPAYMENTS, DIPLOMATIC

COMMUNICATIONS, SERVICE CONTRACTS
TAGS: Economic Affairs--Financial and Monetary Affairs [EFIN]
International Commission of Control and Supervision [ICCS]
South Vietnam [VS]
Office: -- N/A or Blank --
Document Character Count: 4860
Date: 1974 September 19, 15:08 (Thursday)

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43
ORIGIN EA-14

INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 CAB-09 CIAE-00 COME-00 DODE-00 DOTE-00

EB-11 INR-11 NSAE-00 RSC-01 FAA-00 PM-07 H-03 L-03

NSC-07 PA-04 PRS-01 SP-03 SS-20 USIA-15 DPW-01 AID-20

IO-14 NEA-14 EUR-25 /184 R

DRAFTED BY EA/VN:RHWENZEL:BK
APPROVED BY EA/VN:RHWENZEL
--------------------- 074665
P 191508Z SEP 74
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY SAIGON PRIORITY

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E.O. 11652: NA
SUBJECT: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA PLANS FOR TERMINATION
OF SERVICES

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THERE FOLLOWS TEXT OF SEPTEMBER 18 LETTER TO EA DEPUTY
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FROM AIR AMERICA PRESIDENT GRUNDY IN
WHICH GRUNDY INFORMS US THAT AIR AMERICA WILL TERMINATE
SERVICES FOR ICCS ON SEPTEMBER 30 UNLESS ICCS DEBTS OF AP-
PROXIMATELY 2 MILLION DOLLARS SETTLED BY THAT DATE.

BEGIN TEXT:

DEAR SIR:

AS YOU MAY KNOW, IT WAS WITH SOME RELUCTANCE THAT AIR
AMERICA AT THE DEPARTMENT'S REQUEST AGREED TO CONTINUE FLY-
ING SERVICES IN SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION
CONTROL AND SUPERVISION (ICCS) IN VIETNAM IN MARCH OF THIS
YEAR. PART OF THIS RELUCTANCE STEMMED FROM THE DIFFICULTIES
WE HAD EXPERIENCED IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR IN OBTAINING PAY-
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MENT FOR SERVICES RENDERED UNDER THE ICCS CONTRACT. A
SECOND FACTOR WAS THAT THE COMPANY HAD MADE THE DECISION TO
WITHDRAW FROM ALL CONTRACTS IN THE FAR EAST DURING THE NEXT
YEAR. IN THE END, HOWEVER, WE DID ACCEPT A FURTHER CON-
TRACT IN SUPPORT OF THE ICCS ON THE BASIS THAT WE HAD THE
PROVEN CAPABILITY TO PERFORM THE SERVICES AND WE KNEW
--
CONTINUATION OF THIS SERVICE WAS IN THE POLICY INTEREST OF
THE U. S. GOVERNMENT.

OUR EXPERIENCE IN RECEIVING PAYMENT FOR SERVICES RENDERED
SINCE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF OUR NEW CONTRACT ON 1 MARCH
1974 HAS BEEN EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING AND A MATTER OF
GRAVE CONCERN TO OUR COMPANY. AT THIS POINT IN TIME WHEN
OUR COMPANY IS UNDERGOING RETRENCHMENT, WE ARE CONCERNED
BOTH WITH THE DELINQUENCY IN PAYMENTS RECEIVED, AND THE
IMPACT OF THESE ARREARS IN MEETING OUR CASH REQUIREMENTS.
UNLESS ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS ARE RECEIVED PRIOR TO 30
SEPTEMBER 1974, OUR PROJECTED ESTIMATE OF THE INDEBTEDNESS
OF THE ICCS FOR SERVICES PERFORMED BY AIR AMERICA TO THAT
DATE WILL APPROXIMATE 2 MILLION DOLLARS. OUR CORPORATION
HAS HAD A LONG HISTORY OF PROVIDING SATISFACTORY SERVICES
IN SUPPORT OF U. S. GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS IN THE FAR EAST
AND IT IS CONTRARY TO OUR BASIC CORPORATE OBJECTIVES TO
CONTINUE SERVICES UNDER A CONTRACT WHEREIN PAYMENT FOR
SERVICES RENDERED IS A CONTINUING AND MAJOR PROBLEM. IT
IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT I HAVE BEEN ADVISED BY THE
CORPORATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS THAT I MUST SERVE NOTICE THAT
I HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO DIRECT THAT SERVICES UNDER
THE ICCS CONTRACT CEASE UNLESS PAYMENT FOR THE ICCS CON-
TRACT IS MADE CURRENT AS OF 30 SEPTEMBER 1974 OR UNLESS
AIR AMERICA RECEIVES AN ACCEPTABLE GUARANTEE FROM AN AUTHO-
RIZED U. S. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING OFFICER THAT PAYMENT

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FOR THESE SERVICES WILL BE FORTHCOMING IN THE EVENT ICCS
DOES NOT MEET ITS PAYMENTS DIRECTLY. OUR REQUEST FOR THIS
GUARANTEE IS NOT LIMITED TO PAYMENTS CURRENTLY IN ARREARS,
BUT EXTENDS TO SERVICES THAT WILL BE PERFORMED FOR THE RE-
MAINING CONTRACT PERIOD.

IN OUR PREVIOUS DISCUSSIONS ON THIS SUBJECT, YOU HAVE IN-
DICATED THAT CONTINUING FLYING SERVICES FOR THE ICCS IS
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IN THE POLICY INTEREST OF THE U. S. GOVERNMENT. I HAVE
CONVEYED THIS FACT TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WHO HAVE EX-
PRESSED AN APPRECIATION OF THIS FACTOR BUT THEY HAVE MADE
IT CLEAR THAT IT IS OUR CORPORATE POLICY OF INSURING THAT
WE CONDUCT OUR CONTRACTUAL ACTIVITIES ON A BUSINESSLIKE
BASIS. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAVE INSTRUCTED ME THAT
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN CORPORATE FUNDS BE UTILIZED TO
SUPPORT THE ICCS.

I HAVE PREVIOUSLY ADVISED THAT WE WOULD INFORM YOU PRIOR
TO ANY DECISION TO TERMINATE FLYING SERVICES FOR THE ICCS.
I REGRET THAT I NOW HAVE TO ADVISE YOU THAT I WILL SEND A
TELEGRAM ON FRIDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 1974, TO MY VICE PRESI-
DENT FOR VIETNAM OPERATIONS, MR. VAR M. GREEN, THAT HE IS
TO PROMPTLY NOTIFY THE ICCS THAT AIR AMERICA WILL TERMI-

NATE FLYING AND OTHER SERVICES AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON
30 SEPTEMBER 1974 UNLESS PAYMENT FOR PAST SERVICES IS RE-
CEIVED FROM THE ICCS PRIOR TO THAT TIME.

IT WILL BE NECESSARY, OF COURSE, THAT PREPARATIONS FOR
SUCH TERMINATION BE INITIATED BY OUR COMPANY IN VIETNAM
NOT LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 1974 SAIGON TIME.
FOR REASONS I FEEL SURE THAT YOU WILL UNDERSTAND IT WOULD
BE ADVISABLE THAT PAYMENT OR GUARANTEE ACTIONS PROPOSED
ABOVE BE TAKEN BEFORE THIS TIME, IF THE TRIGGERING OF A
PROBABLE AVALANCHE OF EVENTS IS TO BE PRECLUDED.
SINCERELY, (S) HUGH L.-GRUNDY, PRESIDENT
END TEXT. KISSINGER

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Capture Date: 01 JAN 1994 DIPLOMATIC
Channel Indicators: n/a APPROVED <04
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Concepts: CIVIL AVIATION, SERVICE CONTRACTS, DEBT REPAYMENTS,
COMMUNICATIONS
Control Number: n/a
Copy: SINGLE
Draft Date: 19 SEP 1974
Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960
Decaption Note: n/a
Disposition Action: RELEASED
Disposition Approved on Date: n/a
Disposition Authority: cunninfx
Disposition Case Number: n/a
Disposition Comment: 25 YEAR REVIEW
Disposition Date: 28 MAY 2004
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Disposition History: n/a
Disposition Reason: n/a
Disposition Remarks: n/a
Document Number: 1974STATE206313
Document Source: CORE
Document Unique ID: 00
Drafter: RHWENZEL:BK
Enclosure: n/a
Executive Order: N/A
Errors: N/A
Film Number: D740263-0232
From: STATE
Handling Restrictions: n/a
Image Path: n/a
ISecure: 1
Legacy Key: link1974/newtext/t19740931/aaaaazzm.tel
Line Count: 136
Locator: TEXT ON-LINE, ON MICROFILM
Office: ORIGIN EA
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Original Handling Restrictions: n/a
Original Previous Classification: n/a
Original Previous Handling Restrictions: n/a
Page Count: 3
Previous Channel Indicators: n/a
Previous Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
Previous Handling Restrictions: n/a
Reference: n/a
Review Action: RELEASED, APPROVED
Review Authority: cunninfx
Review Comment: n/a
Review Content Flags: n/a
Review Date: 13 AUG 2002
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Status: NATIVE
Subject: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA PLANS FOR TERMINATION OF
TAGS: EFIN, VS, AIR AMERICA, ICCS, (GRUNDY)
To: SAIGON
Type: TE
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO
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Canonical ID: 1974SAIGON12345_b
Subject: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE OF INTENT TO

TERMINATE SERVICES
From: Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
To: Department of State, Secretary of State
Original Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: -- N/A or Blank --
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
Type: TE
Locator: TEXT ON MICROFILM, TEXT ONLINE
Reference(s): n/a
Executive Order (E.O.): GS
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO

Systematic Review 30 JUN 2005
Enclosure: -- N/A or Blank --
Concepts: CONTRACTS, DEBT REPAYMENTS, FINANCIAL CRISIS
TAGS: Administration--Financial Services [AFIN]
Military and Defense Affairs--Military and Defense Arrangements [MARR]
South Vietnam [VS]
Office: -- N/A or Blank --
Document Character Count: 1216
Date: 1974 September 24, 01:01 (Tuesday)

CONFIDENTIAL

PAGE 01 SAIGON 12345 240119Z

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ACTION EA-14

INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 CIAE-00 INR-11 NSAE-00 RSC-01 SSO-00

INRE-00 DODE-00 SS-20 NSC-07 NSCE-00 SP-03 DRC-01

/058 W
--------------------- 120071
O 240101Z SEP 74
FM AMEMBASSY SAIGON
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8931

C O N F I D E N T I A L SAIGON 12345

E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: MARR, VS, AFIN
SUBJ: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE OF INTENT TO TERMINATE
SERVICES

1. AT 1345 SAIGON TIME SEPT 24, LOCAL AIR AMERICA MANAGER GREEN
WILL DELIVER LETTER TO ICCS DIRECTOR GENERAL STATING INVOICES
PRESENTLY OVERDUE TOTAL $951,034 AND INVOICES WHICH WILL BE OVER-
DUE IF NOT PAID BY OCT 1 TOTAL $443,374. IF ICCS CANNOT PAY
$1,394,408 BY SEPT 30, "ALL FLYING AND ANCILLARY SERVICES WILL

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BE TERMINATED EFFECTIVE CLOSE OF BUSINESS SEPT 30."
2. GREEN STATES ICCS DIRECTOR GENERAL ALREADY AWARE OF SUBSTANCE
OF LETTER. GREEN STATES IF ICCS OFFERS TO PAY ONLY $951,043, HE
BELIEVES HE CAN PERSUADE HIS HEADQUARTERS TO AGREE TO EXTEND
DEADLINE PENDING FULL PAYMENT. GREEN BELIEVES NEXT STEP WILL BE
DEMAND BY AIR AMERICA THAT ICCS ESTABLISH IMPRESSED ACCOUNT.
HE STATES SUBSTANCE OF LETTER COORDINATED IN WASHINGTON.
LEHMANN

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Capture Date: 01 JAN 1994 APPROVED <05
Channel Indicators: n/a
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Concepts: FINANCIAL CRISIS, DEBT REPAYMENTS, CONTRACTS
Control Number: n/a
Copy: SINGLE
Draft Date: 24 SEP 1974
Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960
Decaption Note: n/a
Disposition Action: RELEASED
Disposition Approved on Date: n/a
Disposition Authority: izenbei0
Disposition Case Number: n/a
Disposition Comment: 25 YEAR REVIEW
Disposition Date: 28 MAY 2004
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Disposition Reason: n/a
Disposition Remarks: n/a
Document Number: 1974SAIGON12345
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Document Unique ID: 00
Drafter: n/a
Enclosure: n/a
Executive Order: GS
Errors: N/A
Film Number: D740267-0893
From: SAIGON
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ISecure: 1
Legacy Key: link1974/newtext/t19740919/aaaaapmk.tel
Line Count: 47
Locator: TEXT ON-LINE, ON MICROFILM
Office: ACTION EA
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Original Handling Restrictions: n/a
Original Previous Classification: n/a
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Page Count: 1
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US Department of State TERMINATE
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Review Transfer Date: n/a
Review Withdrawn Fields: n/a
Secure: OPEN
Status: NATIVE
Subject: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE OF INTENT TO
SERVICES
TAGS: MARR, AFIN, VS, AIR AMERICA
To: STATE
Type: TE
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO
Review 30 JUN 2005

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Canonical ID: 1974SAIGON12507_b
Subject: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE OF INTENT TO

TERMINATE SERVICES
From: Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
To: Department of State, Secretary of State
Original Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: -- N/A or Blank --
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
Type: TE
Locator: TEXT ON MICROFILM, TEXT ONLINE
Reference(s): SAIGON 12345
Executive Order (E.O.): GS
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO

Systematic Review 30 JUN 2005
Enclosure: -- N/A or Blank --
Concepts: CONTRACTS, DEBT REPAYMENTS, FINANCIAL CRISIS,

NEGOTIATIONS
TAGS: Administration--Financial Services [AFIN]
International Commission of Control and Supervision [ICCS]
Military and Defense Affairs--Military and Defense Arrangements [MARR]
South Vietnam [VS]
Office: -- N/A or Blank --
Document Character Count: 1696
Date: 1974 September 26, 11:00 (Thursday)

CONFIDENTIAL

PAGE 01 SAIGON 12507 261154Z

43
ACTION EA-14

INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 CIAE-00 INR-11 NSAE-00 RSC-01 SS-20

NSC-07 SP-03 IO-14 DODE-00 PA-04 USIA-15 PRS-01

CAB-09 COME-00 DOTE-00 EB-11 FAA-00 L-03 DRC-01 /115 W
--------------------- 023991
P 261100Z SEP 74
FM AMEMBASSY SAIGON
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9050

C O N F I D E N T I A L SAIGON 12507

E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: MARR, AFIN, VS
SUBJ: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE OF INTENT TO TERMINATE
SERVICES.

REF: SAIGON 12345

1. LOCAL AIR AMERICA MANAGER GREEN HELD NEGOTIATING SESSION

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WITH ICCS DIRECTOR GENERAL KHAZENI SEPT 26. GREEN PRESENTED AIR
AMERICA DEMAND FOR PAYMENT BY SEPT 30 OF $951,034 FOR IVOICES
OVERDUE NOW, $474,858 FOR INVOICES FOR WHICH FIRM INFO AVAILABLE
THROUGH SEPT 30, AND $650,831 FOR INVOICES BASED ON ESTIMATES,
TOTALLING $2,076,723. LATTER CATEGORY INCLUDES ESTIMATE CHARGES
FOR U.S. ARMY FOR UH-IH PARTS RECEIVED BUT NOT INVOICED
($222,025), REQUISITIONED TO REPLACE PARTS CONSUMED ($153,050),
PROJECTED COSTS FOR PARTS TO BE CONSUMED DURING SEPT 1974
($54,000), AND CONTINGENT LIABILITY FOR TRANSPORTATION COSTS OF
FOREGOING NOT YET BILLED AT 20 PERCENT OF COST ($182,478).

2. KHAZENI UNDERTOOK TO PAY FIRST TWO CATEGORIES, $951,034 AND
$474,858, BEFORE SEPT 30. HE ALSO UNDERTOOK TO PAY $650,831
SOONEST BUT NOTED IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT TEN DAYS OR UNTIL OCT 7
TO PROCESS THESE INVOICES.

3. GREEN UNDERTOOK TO REFER THE ICCS PROPOSAL ON THE $650,831
TO HIS PRINCIPALS IN WASHINGTON AND STATED HE NOT EMPOWERED TO
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WITHDRAW NOTICE TO TERMINATE SEPT 30 UNLESS THESE PRINCIPALS
APPROVE.
LEHMANN

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Control Number: n/a
Copy: SINGLE
Draft Date: 26 SEP 1974
Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960
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US Department of State TERMINATE
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To: STATE
Type: TE
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Canonical ID: 1974SAIGON12589_b
Subject: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE TO TERMINATE
From: Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
To: Department of State, Secretary of State
Original Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: -- N/A or Blank --
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
Type: TE
Locator: TEXT ON MICROFILM, TEXT ONLINE
Reference(s): SAIGON 12507
Executive Order (E.O.): GS
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO

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Enclosure: -- N/A or Blank --
Concepts: CONTRACTS, DEBT REPAYMENTS, FINANCIAL CRISIS,

NEGOTIATIONS
TAGS: Administration--Financial Services [AFIN]
International Commission of Control and Supervision [ICCS]
Military and Defense Affairs--Military and Defense Arrangements [MARR]
South Vietnam [VS]
Office: -- N/A or Blank --
Document Character Count: 2106
Date: 1974 September 28, 04:11 (Saturday)

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INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 CIAE-00 DODE-00 PM-07 H-03 INR-11 L-03

NSAE-00 NSC-07 PA-04 RSC-01 PRS-01 SP-03 SS-20

USIA-15 CAB-09 COME-00 DOTE-00 EB-11 FAA-00 DRC-01

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--------------------- 053070
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FM AMEMBASSY SAIGON
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9102

C O N F I D E N T I A L SAIGON 12589

EO 11652: GDS
TAGS: MARR AFIN VS
SUBJECT: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE TO TERMINATE

REF: SAIGON 12507

1. MORNING SEPTEMBER 27 LOCAL AIR AMERICA MANAGER GREEN INFORMED

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ICCS SECRETARIAT THAT AIR AMERICA WOULD DEFER EFFECT OF ITS TERMINA-
TION NOTICE UNTIL OCTOBER 7 AS REGARDS PAYMENT OF THIRD CATEGORY OF
ITEMS IDENTIFIED IN REFTEL (ESTIMATED CHARGES OF $650,831 FROM US
ARMY FOR SPARE PARTS).

2. SHORTLY THEREAFTER ICCS ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL KHAZENI INVITED
EMBOFF TO ICCS AND COMPLAINED ABOUT AIR AMERICA'S METHOD OF NEGO-
TIATING BY SUCH TERMINATION NOTICES WHICH HE TERMED "MENACING".
KHAZENI SPECIFIED THAT HE APPRECIATED THE UNFAILING COOPERATIVENESS
AND COURTESY OF GREEN PERSONALLY, BUT THAT HE FOUND THE INSTRUCTIONS
BINDING GREEN FROM HIS PRINCIPALS IN WASHINGTON UNREASONABLE.
KHAZENI REQUESTED EMBASSY TO CONVEY HIS PROTEST TO AIR AMERICA
PRINCIPALS IN WASHINGTON.

3. SEPTEMBER 28 GREEN INFORMED US ICCS HAS COMPLETED PAPERWORK
ON PAYMENT OF SECOND AS WELL AS FIRST CATEGORY OF INVOICES, I.E.,
THOSE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, AND THAT AIR AMERICA AND ICCS REACHED
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AGREEMENT TO COMPLETE JOINT REVIEW OF THIRD CATEGORY (SPARE PARTS)
BY OCTOBER 3. CHARGE' THEREUPON INFORMED GREEN THAT WE BELIEVE
AIR AMERICAN SHOULD FORTHWITH WITHDRAW ITS OCTOBER 7 TERMINATION
NOTICE.

4. ACTION REQUESTED: WE FIND AIR AMERICA'S ATTITUDE IN CONTINUING
TO USE IMMINENT TERMINATION DEADLINES AS MEANS OF INSISTING ON
PAYMENT OF BILLS NOT YET DUE AS WELL AS CONTINGENT LIABILITIES
ENTIRELY UNREASONABLE. ACCORDINGLY THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUESTED
TO INTERCEDE WITH AIR AMERICA, AND IF APPROPRIATE WITH DOD RE
SPARE PARTS ISSUE.
LEHMANN

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Control Number: n/a
Copy: SINGLE
Draft Date: 28 SEP 1974
Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960
Decaption Note: n/a
Disposition Action: RELEASED
Disposition Approved on Date: n/a
Disposition Authority: izenbei0
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Canonical ID: 1974STATE216033_b
Subject: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE TO TERMINATE
From: Department of State
To: Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
Original Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: -- N/A or Blank --
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
Type: TE
Locator: TEXT ON MICROFILM, TEXT ONLINE
Reference(s): SAIGON 12589
Executive Order (E.O.): GS
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO

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Enclosure: -- N/A or Blank --
Concepts: FINANCIAL CRISIS, NEGOTIATIONS, SERVICE CONTRACTS
TAGS: International Commission of Control and Supervision [ICCS]
Military and Defense Affairs--Military and Defense Arrangements [MARR]
South Vietnam [VS]
Office: -- N/A or Blank --
Document Character Count: 707
Date: 1974 October 1, 18:37 (Tuesday)

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ORIGIN EA-14

INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 AID-20 EB-12 PM-07 NSC-07 SP-03 SS-20

RSC-01 L-03 CIAE-00 INR-11 NSAE-00 DODE-00 /099 R

DRAFTED BY EA/VN:RHWENZEL:FMT
APPROVED BY EA/VN:RHWENZEL
--------------------- 087952
P 011837Z OCT 74
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY SAIGON PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 216033

E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: MARR, VS
SUBJECT: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE TO TERMINATE

REF: SAIGON 12589

WE UNDERSTAND THAT AIR AMERICA IS NOW WITHDRAWING ITS
NOTICE TO TERMINATE OCTOBER 7 AS LONG AS NEGOTIATIONS
ARE CONTINUING WITH ICCS ON PAYMENT OF THIRD CATEGORY
OF ITEMS. PLEASE CONFIRM. INGERSOLL

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Control Number: n/a
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Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960
Decaption Note: n/a
Disposition Action: RELEASED
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Disposition Case Number: n/a
Disposition Comment: 25 YEAR REVIEW
Disposition Date: 28 MAY 2004
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Canonical ID: 1974SAIGON12731_b
Subject: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE TO TERMINATE
From: Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
To: Department of State, Secretary of State
Original Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: -- N/A or Blank --
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
Type: TE
Locator: TEXT ON MICROFILM, TEXT ONLINE
Reference(s): STATE 216033
Executive Order (E.O.): GS
Markings: Declassified/Released US Department of State EO

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Enclosure: -- N/A or Blank --
Concepts: FINANCIAL CRISIS, SERVICE CONTRACTS
TAGS: International Commission of Control and Supervision [ICCS]
Military and Defense Affairs--Military and Defense Arrangements [MARR]
South Vietnam [VS]
Office: -- N/A or Blank --
Document Character Count: 712
Date: 1974 October 2, 02:35 (Wednesday)

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ACTION EA-14

INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 AID-20 EB-24 PM-07 NSC-07 SP-03 SS-20

RSC-01 L-03 CIAE-00 INR-11 NSAE-00 DODE-00 DRC-01

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FM AMEMBASSY SAIGON
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9204

C O N F I D E N T I A L SAIGON 12731

E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: MARR, VS
SUBJECT: ICCS FINANCES: AIR AMERICA NOTICE TO TERMINATE

REF: STATE 216033

ACCORDING TO LOCAL AIR AMERICA MANAGER, AS OF OPENING OF BUSINESS
OCTOBER 2 SAIGON TIME HE HAS NOT RPT NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED
TO WITHDRAW NOTICE OF TERMINATE, ALTHOUGH NEGOTIATIONS ON PAYMENT
OF THIRD CATEGORY ARE PROCEEDING SATISFACTORILY.
MARTIN

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Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960
Decaption Note: n/a
Disposition Action: RELEASED
Disposition Approved on Date: n/a
Disposition Authority: CollinP0
Disposition Case Number: n/a
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Canonical ID: 1974VIENTI07911_b
Subject: AIR AMERICA CRASH SITES - LAOS
From: Laos Vientiane
To: Commander Joint Casualty Resolution Center, Commander in

Chief US Pacific Command, Department of State, Secretary of State
Original Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: -- N/A or Blank --
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
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Concepts: AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS
TAGS: Laos [LA]
Military and Defense Affairs--Military Operations [MOPS]
United States [US]
Office: -- N/A or Blank --
Document Character Count: 1345
Date: 1974 October 21, 06:00 (Monday)

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE POSS DUPE

PAGE 01 VIENTI 07911 210640Z

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ACTION DPW-01

INFO OCT-01 EA-06 ISO-00 EB-04 CIAE-00 INR-05 NSAE-00

RSC-01 DODE-00 IO-04 /022 W
--------------------- 057787
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FM AMEMBASSY VIENTIANE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 1216
INFO CDR JCRC NKP
CINCPAC HONOLULU HI

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE VIENTIANE 7911

FOR D/PW - PLEASE PASS TO AIR AMERICA WASHINGTON OFFICE

E.O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: MOPS, LA
SUBJECT: AIR AMERICA CRASH SITES - LAOS

1. MISSION IS ATTEMPTING TO COMPILE A LIST OF ALL AIRCRAFT
CRASH SITES IN LAOS FOR THE PERIOD 1961-1974 IN ORDER TO
FACILITATE MIA/BNR SEARCH EFFORTS IN THE EVENT THE PGNU

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AUTHORIZES SUCH ACTIVITY. CURRENT LISTS INCLUDE U.S. AND
RLAF AIRCRAFT AND A LIMITED NUMBER OF COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT.
WE EXPECT TO HAVE A LIST OF CONTINENTAL AIR SERVICES INC.,
AIRCRAFT CRASH SITES IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
2. AIR AMERICA AIRCRAFT CRASH SITE DATA WHEN PROVIDED SHOULD
COMPLETE THE LIST. WE HAVE THE REQUIRED INFORMATION ON C123K
AIRCRAFT NUMBERS 555424 AND 564374 AND AN INCOMPLETE TAIL
NUMBER LAST FOUR DIGITS OF WHICH ARE 6293. NO OTHER AIR
AMERICA AIRCRAFT ARE LISTED.
3. REQUEST DEPARTMENT ASK AIR AMERICA TO PROVIDE DATA ON AIR-
CRAFT LOST IN LAOS INCLUDING TYPE OF AIRCRAFT, UTM
COORDINATES OF CRASH SITES, STATUS OF CREW AND DATE OF
INCIDENT.
LIMITED OFFICIAL USE

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Canonical ID: 1974SAIGON13582_b
Subject: AIR AMERICA DIVESTITURE
From: Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
To: Department of State, Secretary of State
Original Classification: SECRET
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: EXDIS,ONLY
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
Type: TE
Locator: TEXT ON MICROFILM, TEXT ONLINE
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Enclosure: -- N/A or Blank --
Concepts: FLIGHT CLEARANCES, PROPOSALS (BID), SERVICE CONTRACTS
TAGS: Political Affairs--Foreign Policy and Relations [PFOR]
South Vietnam [VS]
Office: -- N/A or Blank --
Document Character Count: 2843
Date: 1974 October 24, 11:35 (Thursday)

SECRET

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INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 SSO-00 /026 W
--------------------- 105777
O 241135Z OCT 74
FM AMEMBASSY SAIGON
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9778

S E C R E T SAIGON 13582

EXDIS

EYES ONLY FOR ACTING SECY INGERSOLL AND AID DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR
MURPHY

E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: PFOR VS
SUBJ: AIR AMERICA DIVESTITURE

1. INFORMATION INFORMALLY RECEIVED HERE TODAY INDICATES "NOTICE
WILL GO TO THE COMMERCE BUSINESS DAILY ON OCTOBER 25 ANNOUNCING
THE ISSUANCE OF A 'REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR PROSPECTIVE OFFERORS.'
THE BIDDERS' CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN SAIGON ON NOVEMBER 19 AND
THE SUCCESSFUL CONTRACTOR WILL BE EXPECTED TO COMMENCE OPERATION
BEGINNING APRIL 1, 1975."

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2. IF ACTION PROPOSED IS TRUE IT WOULD BE COMPLETELY CONTRARY TO
FORMAL DECISION OF DEPUTY SECY, WHICH, AS FAR AS WE KNOW,
STILL STANDS AS FORMAL DECISION.

3. AS I PROMISED, ON THE REQUEST OF SENIOR OFFICIAL IN WASHINGTON,
I MENTIONED THIS MATTER ON MY RETURN TO BOTH PRIMIN AND THE
PRES. BOTH INDEPENDENTLY REAFFIRMED THE CONCLUSION I HAD
RECORDED IN MY MEMORANDUM OF AUG 20 TO PARKER THAT IT WOULD
BE A POLITICAL IMPOSSIBILITY UNDER CURRENT CONDITIONS IN
VIETNAM TO AGAIN GIVE "EXTRATERRITORIAL" RIGHT TO SOME OTHER
OUTSIDE CONTRACTOR TO FLY AT WILL THROUGH VIETNAMESE AIRSPACE.
THIS WOULD CASUE PARTICULARLY ACUTE PROBLEMS GIVEN THE PRESENT
LIBERALIZED CLIMATE OF DISSENT AND PROTEST WHICH THEY HOPED
COULD BE CONTINUED AND WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY BE EXPLOITED BY HANOI
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PROPAGANDA. THEREFORE, WHILE CONTINUED OPERATION OF AIR AMERICA
COULD BE DEFENDED AS A HISTORICAL NECESSITY, UPON THE DEPARTURE
OF AIR AMERICA, THE PROCESS OF "VIETNAMIZATION" SHOULD BE APPLIED
TO FUTURE AIR OPERATIONS WITHIN VIETNAM.

4. I INFORMED THEM OF SECY INGERSOLL'S DECISION THAT, SINCE
THEIU WAS UNDER CONSIDERABLE PRESSURE FROM THE CONGRESS TO

PHOCEED WITH THE COMPLETE DIVESTITURE OF AIR AMERICA, THE PRESENT

CONTRACT BE NOVITED TO CONTINENTAL AIR SERVICES. AFTER INITIAL
OBJECTIONS, THEY AGREED THAT BECAUSE OF THE CASI PRESENT WORKING
RELATIONSHIP WITH AIR VIETNAM THIS COULD BE POLITICALLY DEFENDED.
HOWEVER, THE EXPRESSED DESIRE TO AGAIN REVIEW MATTER WITH ME
BEFORE NEXT JUNE.

5. IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE, AND IN FURTHER VIEW OF THE CURRENT
DELICATE POLITICAL SITUATION WITHIN SOUTH VIETNAM AND THE
SPECIAL EFFORT WE ARE NOW MAKING TO CONVINCE THE LEADERSHIP
THAT THE PERVASIVE FEELING THAT EVERY U.S. GOVT ACTION IS
DESIGNED SUBTLY UNDERCUT THEM, TO PRECEED WITH ANY NOTICE
TO COMMERCE BUSINESS DAILY OR ANY BIDDERS' CONFERENCE IN
SAIGON IN NOVEMBER IS COMPLETELY OUT OF THE QUESTION AND I
ASSUME IMMEDIATE
ACTION WILL BE TAKEN TO SEE THAT NEITHER
HAPPENS.

6. THIS IS NOT A SIMPLE ROUTINE ADMINISTRATIVE MATTER BUT A
MATTER OF CONSIDERABLE POLITICAL IMPORTANCE.
MARTINT

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Canonical ID: 1974STATE236245_b
Subject: AIR AMERICA DIVESTITURE
From: Department of State
To: Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
Original Classification: SECRET
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: EXDIS
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
Type: TE
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INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 SSO-00 NSCE-00 /026 R

DRAFTED BY EA/VN:RHWENZEL:AOA
APPROVED BY EA:P.C.HABIB
AID/GC-MR. GLADSON (SUBST.)
D-MR. DUEMLING
S/S- JPMOFFAT
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TO AMEMBASSY SAIGON IMMEDIATE

S E C R E T STATE 236245

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TAGS: PBOR, VS
SUBJECT: AIR AMERICA DIVESTITURE

REF: SAIGON 13582

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1. WISH TO ASSURE YOU THAT OCTOBER 25 NOTICE IN COMMERCE
BUSINESS DAILY WAS ONLY PART OF A PROPOSED COURSE OF
ACTION WHICH WE INTENDED TO SEND TO YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT.
WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY ACTION AT PRESENT TO PLACE ANY SUCH
NOTICE. -
2. ACTING SECRETARY CHAIRED MEETING OF ALL CONCERNED
OCTOBER 25 TO DISCUSS ISSUES RAISED REFTEL. CONCLUSION
OF THIS MEETING WILL BE SENT TO YOU BY FOLLOW-ON TELEGRAM.
INGERSOLL

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Canonical ID: 1974STATE241315_b
Subject: AIR AMERICA DIVESTITURE
From: Department of State
To: Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
Original Classification: SECRET
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Previous Handling Restrictions: EXDIS
Archive Status: Electronic Telegrams
Type: TE
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ORIGIN SS-25

INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 /026 R

DRAFTED BY EA/VN:RHWENZEL:AOA
APPROVED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY
AID-MR. MURPHY (DRAFT)
CIA-MR. SHACKLEY (DRAFT)
AID-MR. GLADSON (DRAFT)
S/S-WHLUERS
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S E C R E T STATE 241315

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1. AS WE SEE IT, THERE ARE FOUR IMPORTANT OBJECTIVES THAT
WE MUST BEAR IN MIND IN ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE:

(A) THE FIRST OBVIOUSLY IS TO EFFECT AIR AMERICA DIVESTI-
TURE BY NO LATER THAN JUNE 30, 1975, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
GUIDELINES SET BY THE CONGRESS.

(B) THE SECOND IS TO PROVIDE FOR SATISFACTORY AIR SERVICES
FOR THE U.S. MISSION AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE COST AFTER AIR
AMERICA STANDS DOWN.

(C) THE THIRD IS TO ARRANGE FOR THE FOLLOW-ON CONTRACTS
IN A MANNER WHICH WILL BE MOST ACCEPTABLE TO THE CONGRESS
AND WHICH WILL NOT JEOPARDIZE THE OTHER MORE VITAL EFFORTS
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WE ARE MAKING ON THE HILL WITH RESPECT TO ECONOMIC AND
MILITARY AID. IN THIS REGARD WE ALSO WISH TO AVOID UNNECES-
SARY CONTROVERSY GROWING OUT OF POSSIBLE GAO INTERVENTION
AND NEWS MEDIA REPORTS.

(D) THE FOURTH IS TO ARRANGE DIVESTITURE AND FOLLOW-ON
CONTRACTS IN A MANNER WHICH WILL BE LEAST DISRUPTIVE TO

US-RVN RELATIONS.

2. IN CONSIDERING THESE VARIOUS INTERESTS, WASHINGTON
OFFICIALS AT A MEETING OCTOBER 25 CHAIRED BY THE ACTING
SECRETARY OUTLINED FOUR POSSIBLE COURSES OF ACTION:

(A) STAY WITH THE DETERMINATION AS SET FORTH IN THE
DEPUTY SECRETARY'S MEMORANDUM OF SEPTEMBER 11, 1974 TO THE
DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR OF AID THAT THE PRESENT CONTRACT BE
NOVATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO CASI THROUGH JUNE 30, 1975,
WITH THE PROBABILITY OF OPEN COMPETITIVE BIDDING FOR CON-
TINUING SERVICES IN FY-1976.

(B) NEGOTIATE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE A SOLE SOURCE PROCURE-
MENT CONTRACT WITH CASI FOR SERVICES IN FY-1976, BEFORE
ANTICIPATED RATE INCREASES GO INTO EFFECT. THIS WOULD
REQUIRE A DETERMINATION THAT THE CONTRACTOR HAS EXCLUSIVE
OR PREDOMINANT CAPABILITY IN THE FIELD, WHICH AID DOES NOT
CONSIDER IS APPLICABLE TO CASI AND, IN ADDITION, THE
SECRETARY'S WRITTEN FINDING THAT PROCUREMENT FROM ANOTHER
SOURCE WOULD IMPAIR FOREIGN POLICY OR FOREIGN ASSISTANCE
OBJECTIVES.

(C) DEFER A FINAL DECISION UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 1974 (WHICH
WOULD LIKELY OBVIATE THE NOVATION OPTION) AT WHICH TIME
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(1) NEGOTIATE A SOLE SOURCE CONTRACT WITH CASI (SUBJECT
TO THE SAME CONSIDERATIONS AS IN (B) ABOVE); OR

(2) PROCEED WITH A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL WHICH WOULD
INCLUDE A PROVISION ALONG THE FOLLOWING LINES: QUOTE
CONTRACTOR SHALL PROVIDE EVIDENCE, SATISFACTORY TO THE
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CONTRACTING OFFICER BEFORE AWARD, OF ITS ABILITY TO OB-
TAIN THE AIR RIGHTS, SERVICES, AND PROPERTY REQUIRED TO
SATISFACTORILY PERFORM THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS CONTRACT
UNQUOTE.

3. COMMENT;

(A) WE UNDERSTAND THERE ARE SOME 20 U.S. COMPANIES THAT
HAVE INDICATED AN INTEREST IN BIDDING ON AN FY-1976 AIR
SERVICES CONTRACT, OUT OF WHICH WE MIGHT RECEIVE FOUR OR
FIVE SERIOUS BIDS. IN THIS LIGHT WE ARE ALMOST CERTAIN
TO RECEIVE SOME SHARP CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRIES IF WE GO
EITHER THE NOVATION OR SOLE SOURCE PROCUREMENT ROUTE.
SOLE SOURCE COULD ALSO RESULT IN GAO PROTEST AND A RE-
SULTING REVIEW OF THE BASIS OF THE SOLE SOURCE

DETERMINATION. WE ARE PREPARED TO SUPPORT EITHER OF
THESE COURSES OF ACTION ON THE HILL AND ARE HOPEFUL THAT
WE COULD FRAME AN ADEQUATE DEFENSE. WHAT IS FOREMOST IN
OUR MINDS HOWEVER IS WHETHER IT IS WORTH THE ALMOST
CERTAIN RISK OF HARM TO OUR MAJOR OBJECTIVES OF OBTAINING
SATISFACTORY MILITARY AND ECONOMIC AID LEVELS BY STIRRING
UP CONGRESSIONAL ANTAGONISM ON THIS LESSER ISSUE OF AIR
SERVICE CONTRACTS. IN THIS CONNECTION WE WOULD NOTE THAT
SOLE SOURCE MIGHT BE NO MORE DIFFICULT TO SELL ON THE HILL
THAN NOVATION WITH SUBSEQUENT RFP SINCE THE FORMER IS
MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD AND LACKS THE ASPECT OF "SUBTERFUGE"
WHICH SOME MIGHT READ INTO THE NOVATION PROCESS. WE WOULD
NOTE FURTHER THAT CIA'S PERCEPTION OF THE NEED FOR QUICK
DIVESTITURE HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO PERMIT AS A COMMUNITY
SERVICE THE CONTINUATION OF AIR AMERICA TO NO LATER THAN
JUNE 30, 1975.

(B) THERE IS FRANKLY SOME DIFFERENCE OF VIEW BETWEEN
AID AND STATE CONCERNING THE NECESSITY OF TAKING INTO
ACCOUNT RVN SENSIBILITIES IN THIS MATTER. AID WOULD TEND
TO REGARD THE AWARDING OF AN AIR SERVICES CONTRACT AS
LARGELY THE BUSINESS OF THE MISSION JUST LIKE ANY OTHER
CONTRACT IN SUPPORT OF U.S. OPERATIONS IN VIET-NAM. THEY
POINT OUT THAT WE HAVE NOT CONSULTED WITH THE GVN IN
ARRANGING AIR CONTRACTS IN RECENT YEARS. THE DEPARTMENT
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ON THE OTHER HAND ACCEPTS YOUR ARGUMENT THAT THIS IS A
SPECIAL KIND OF CONTRACT AND THAT, WITH AIR AMERICA DE-
PARTING, THE GVN SHOULD HAVE A SAY AS TO WHAT FOREIGN
FIRMS PERFORM AIR SERVICES WITHIN ITS TERRITORY. WE
ALSO RECOGNIZE THE PERTINENCE OF THE PRESENT CONTEXT OF
DISSENT IN SOUTH VIET-NAM AND THE EFFECT OF THIS ON US-
RVN RELATIONS. AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE SOMEWHAT SUR-
PRISED AT THE STRENGTH OF GVN VIEWS ON THIS MATTER, AS
REPORTED REF A. AGAIN, IT SEEMS TO US THAT AIR SERVICES,
HOWEVER SENSITIVE, SHOULD BE VIEWED BY THE GVN AS A
PROBLEM OF LIMITED DIMENSION AND DURATION WHEN PLACED IN
THE CONTEXT OF THE OVERWHELMING PROBLEMS OF ECONOMIC
VIABILITY, DEFENSE AND FOREIGN AID LEVELS WHICH THE GVN
IS CURRENTLY FACING. THUS WE WOULD HOPE AND ANTICIPATE
THAT THE GVN WOULD GO ALONG WITH WHATEVER REASONABLE SO-
LUTION WE WOULD PROPOSE IN THIS AREA.

(C) IN CONSIDERATION OF THE FOREGOING, AND PARTICULARLY
IN THE LIGHT OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL RELATIONS PROBLEM,
OUR PRESENT INCLINATION IS TO FOLLOW OPTION 2(C) 2 --
THAT IS AN RFP WITH SPECIFIED CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTABILITY.
CIA AND AID WOULD FIND THIS A SATISFACTORY SOLUTION; IT
WOULD ALSO BEST SERVE OUR PURPOSES ON CAPITOL HILL AND
DECREASE LIKELIHOOD OF GAO INVESTIGATIONS BASED UPON

CONTRACTOR PROTEST. IT WOULD BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE
BIDDING COMPANIES TO DEAL WITH THE GVN IN AN EFFORT TO
WORK OUT AIR RIGHTS. IN THIS CONTEXT THE GVN COULD BRING
TO BEAR ITS VIEWS ON THE MATTER, SPECIFICALLY WITH REGARD
TO WHICH AIR SERVICE IS ACCEPTABLE WITHIN GVN AIR SPACE.
AT THE TIME OF LAST YEAR'S RFP, FOR EXAMPLE, WE UNDER-
STAND THAT THREE BIDDERS PRESENTED EVIDENCE OF JOINT
VENTURES WITH AIR VIET-NAM -- I.E. CASI, JOHNSON ASSOCI-
ATES, INC. AND NHA - AIR VIET-NAM AVIATION SERVICES. WHILE
THE SITUATION IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR (WITH AIR AMERICA
STANDING DOWN), WE WOULD SEE NO REASON WHY ANY PROSPECTIVE
BIDDER COULD NOT AT LEAST SEEK TO CONCLUDE A JOINT VENTURE
AGREEMENT WITH AIR VIET-NAM IF SUCH IS NOW LACKING. WE
RECOGNIZE ALSO THAT AN RFP MIGHT OPEN UP THE POSSIBILITY
OF AIR VIET-NAM'S BIDDING ON THE CONTRACT. SINCE WE ARE
NOT PREPARED TO ACCEPT AT THIS STAGE AIR VIET-NAM'S COM-
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PETENCE TO FULFILL THE CONTRACT TO OUR SATISFACTION, WE
WOULD HAVE TO SO INFORM THE GVN. PREFERABLY, WE WOULD
SEEK THROUGH CONSULTATIONS WITH THE GVN TO FORESTALL ANY
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THE TIME OF THE BIDDING.
4. YOUR FURTHER COMMENTS ON THE FOREGOING WOULD BE
APPRECIATED. INGERSOLL
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