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Falklands: Acting Chief of Defence Staff briefing for Nott (?before 1700Z) ("Falkland Islands") [updated military options before OD tomorrow; plus draft and criticism of it as too negative] [declassified Jul 2017]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: DEFE11/928 f11
Editorial comments:

Air Marshal Beetham was acting CDS during Lewin's absence in New Zealand. This would appear to be the briefing read by Nott and Leach before the meeting MT held in her room at the House of Commons on the evening of 31 March 1982. It was evidently drafted on 30 March, because it is linked to the minutes of the DOE meeting that afternoon. Read other documents from DEFE11/928.

Criticism of the draft follows the finished document, also from DEFE11/828; the draft itself follows, taken from from DEFE69/864 f44. Read other documents from DEFE69/864.

Importance ranking: Key
Word count: 10pp
Themes: Executive, Defence (general), Defence (Falklands), Public spending & borrowing