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1985 Nov 5 Tu
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Cold War: Reagan letter to Thatcher (failed UK bid for battlefield communications contract) [brief summary declassified 2000]

Document type: Declassified documents
Document kind: Archive
Venue: White House
Source: Reagan Library: Executive Secretariat NSC Head of State File
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: The memorandum below was sent from Secretary of Defense Weinberger to NSA Robert McFarlane. The original correspondence remains classified.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 191 words
Themes: Defence (general), Trade, Foreign policy (USA)

Declassified S98-101#209
By dIb, NARA, Date 6/30/00

Confidential

MEMORANDUM FOR ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS
SUBJECT: MSE Award (U)

(C) The President promised Prime Minister Thatcher that we would provide cost analysis data to her through MOD Michael Heseltine on the MSE award. Will Taft accomplished that task in part during his visit to London last week when he provided a summary of the two bidders’ prices.

(U) The Army Staff has also given Rockwell, the prime contractor for the losing bid, a full debriefing on the Army’s selection. A representative from Plessey attended the meeting. In addition, Dr. Sculley, Assistant Secretary to the Army for Research and Development, travels to the UK this week and will provide comparisons to MOD Heseltine on the two systems in eight selected cost areas.

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