National Security Decision Memorandum 279: Geneva Protocol of 1925 and Riot Control Agents and Chemical Herbicides [open pdf - 84KB]
Alternate Title: NSDM 279: Geneva Protocol of 1925 and Riot Control Agents and Chemical Herbicides
In National Security Decision Memorandum (NSDM) 279, President Ford "has reviewed the interagency report on the riot control agents and chemical herbicides issues and the Geneva Protocol of 1925 and associated agency views. The President considers it important that the United States ratify the Geneva Protocol. The President is therefore prepared, in reaffirming the current U.S. understanding of the scope of the Protocol, to renounce as a matter of national policy (1) first use of herbicide in war except use, under regulations applicable to either domestic use, for control of vegetation within U.S. bases and installations or around their immediate defensive perimeters, and (2) first use of riot control agents as an offensive weapon of war to facilitate or increase casualties.
NSDM 279; National Security Decision Memorandum 279
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