By SMF, NARA, Date 3/28/00
(1) NSA memorandum for President:
MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT
FROM: William P. Clark
SUBJECT: Prime Minister Thatcher’s Message to You of June 25, 1982 concerning John Brown Engineering and the December 29 sanctions
In Mrs. Thatcher’s correspondence of June 25 (Tab B), she again raised the issue of the financial difficulties faced by John Brown Engineering (JBE), the gas turbine subsidiary of John Brown Ltd., as a result of the sanctions and the further action on June 18.
In responding to Mrs. Thatcher (Tab A), you have addressed several points made by her that demonstrate your understanding of the facts while remaining concerned and sensitive to the commercial and employment dislocations. In addition, it underscores the importance you attach to more effective co-ordination within the Alliance on economic relations with the Soviet Union.
JBE is one of five operating divisions of the holding company John Brown Ltd. and the only division posting a loss in fiscal year 1981. The sanctions will undoubtedly cause a serious setback to this thinly capitalised subsidiary. … [Next sentence (approximately 20 words) blanked out by releasing agency.] … According to JBE representatives, 100% of their gas turbine manufacturing is presently dedicated to the USSR; however, the subsidiary is rapidly identifying other markets. In conclusion, John Brown, Ltd. is a highly diversified and profitable conglomerate which, in our view, could afford to lose the entire subsidiary without being threatened.
That you authorise transmission of the message at Tab I to Prime Minister Thatcher.
[President Reagan did not mark the document]
Prepared by Roger W. Robinson
(2) McFarlane memorandum for National Security Adviser:
Subject: Revised Letter to Thatcher
Attached is a warmer and longer version of the (short) letter to Mrs. Thatcher.
As you will recall, we plan, in conjunction with the letter, to call in Nicco [sic] [Sir Nicholas Henderson, UK Ambassador] (and send to John Louis) [US Ambassador in London] the chapter and verse on the real effects on John Brown.
Subject to your approval, we will dispatch the letter tonight – as you know July 2nd is the date by which the PM requested a reply.