Series 3 U.S. Department of Defense, Mainly 1969-1971

Box 15 DP at U.S. Dept. of Defense, 1969-1974, Folders 1-18 & 2 vols.
Box 16 DP at U.S. Dept. of Defense, 1968-1975, Folders 1-16



[Many of these records come from the period after DP’s resignation from DOD, 12/13/71, although they concern his years there which began 1/24/69.]

Box 15, Folder 1  Congratulations on appointment, 14-page list of names and addresses of letters written

Box 15, Folder 2  DP personal earning statements 1968-71

Box 15, Folder 3  Hearings on nominations 1/14-15/69; printedBox 15, Folder 4  Resignation letters to President and Secretary of Defense, 12/13/71; responses from President Richard Nixon and Secretary of Defense Mel Laird; also transcript of news conference with Laird and Packard at Pentagon, 12/13/71

Box 15, Folder 5  Senate confirmation

Resignation letters from boards; military prime contract awards of $10,000 or more each to HP, fiscal year ended 6/30/68; listing of stocks held by DP 1/2/69; tax ruling on DP and Lucile S. Packard; trust agreement between DP and Lucile S. Packard as Trustors, and WRH, Robert Minge Brown, and Ernest C. Arbuckel as Trustees

Box 15, Folder 6  DOD Directory of personnel and advisors 9/1/71

Box 15, Folder 7  Industrial Advisory Council 1971-74

Box 15, Folder 8  Air Force 1972-75

Mainly congratulatory letters on various promotions of men DP worked with; also review in Business Week (10/28/72) of “High Priests of Waste” by A. Ernest Fitzgerald; letters praising the review

Box 15, Folder 9  Trips 1969-71

[Two photographs of DP, 11/8/71, transferred to HP Photo Collection; itinerary lists Nov 8 as date depart from Andrews AFB and arrive at Hickam AFB, Hawaii]

Box 15, Folder 10  Defense Research and Engineering(DDR&E)1971-74

Several letters after returning from the DOD suggesting possible projects HP could adopt

Several letters concerning Defense Science Board

Box 15, Folder 11  Dept. of State – General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament 1972

DP apparently became a member in February 1972


Box 15, Folder 12  Misc. Letters 1972-76 [It is clear that DP was asked for advice on defense many times after he left Washington; also unhappy government employees wrote DP for help.]

12/2/75 DOD letter saying no gratuity can be accepted and DP writes back: “It has been a long standing policy of the Hewlett-Packard Company not to offer any gratuities to personnel in the Department of Defense, or for that matter any other government department.”

12/31/73 Chicago Daily News article: “If [DOD William] Clements wants to continue his holdings in Sedco and his Defense job, he should decide now to do as Packard did [by placing his holdings in a blind trust and dispensing to charity the profits].”

DP attends a meeting at the Pentagon 11/6/75 called by Deputy Sec. of Defense Bill Clements, Jr.

12/4/72 DP to Lyman Sessen, New Jersey: “…it is my general feeling that the most important step we can take to improve the reliability in Defense equipment is to upgrade the training and experience of people actually doing the job.”

Box 15, Folder 13  U.S. Government – General Accounting Office 1973-74

Mainly correspondence on saving money at DoD

Box 15, Folder 14  Personal Letters, written while in Washington 1969-71

[Many thank you letters and replies to requests for help]

11/29/71 William Eitel to DP on his retirement from Varian

7-8/71 letters concerning DP’s stand on Lockheed bail-out

6/8/71 E. J. Donnelly to DP remembering their work together in the Vacuum Tube Dept. in Schenectady

1/16/71 Charles V. Litton to DP requesting help with the glassblowing program for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony at the Univ. of Nevada

2/3/71 DP’s recommendation for Senator Charles Percy’s daughter’s college application; apparently Lucile and he are quite friendly with Gail Percy through their daughter Julie, roommates at Concord Academy

1/8/71 General E. G. Wheeler to DP concerning the Strike Command which apparently DP is considering ending and Wheeler thinks is essential

12/1/70 Ernest C. Arbuckel to DP marked “personal”; a list of major companies that would be seriously affected by Lockheed’s failure to deliver the 10-11’s

Box 15, Folder 15  U.S. Navy – Adm. E. R. Zumwalt, Jr., Operational Test and Evaluation Program 3/11/74

DP prepared “Report on Operational Test and Evaluation Status and Effectiveness in US Navy 1973” which was widely distributed to senators and defense personnel [copy in folder]; some written comments

Box 15, Folder 16  DOD – Congratulations on Job Done 1972 A – K


Letters from government officials as well as private citizens including: Assistant Sec. of State David M. Abshire, Republican State Central Committee of Calif. Frank P. Adams, Senator George D. Aiken (“California and the apricots are calling”), Chairman of the Board of Boeing Company William M. Allen, Senator Gordon Allott, Mrs. Brunton Bauer, Rep. Charles E. Bennett, Rep. John R. Blandford, Senator Edward W. Brooke, Special Assistant to the President Robert J. Brown, Chairman of the Board of Governors Federal Reserve System Arthur F. Burns, UN Rep George Bush (“I read with regret the N.Y. Times today. I never much like to read the editorials in the Times, but today it was the news columns that made me upset–for I see that you are leaving.  Your service will be sorely missed by the administration, by the country.  With respect for the job you’ve done and warm personal regards”), Senator Robert C. Byrd, Vice President General Dynamics J. T. Cosby, Science Adviser to the President, Edward E. David, Jr., Defenses Advisor to NATO Ralph Earle II, Johns Hopkins Univ. President Milton S. Eisenhower, Robert Ellsworth from Lazard Freres, John M. Fluke, Rep. Gerald R. Ford, Sec. of the Army Robert F. Froehlke, Rand Corporation Richard Fryklund, Assistant Sec. of the Navy Robert A. Frosch, John W. Gardner, Richard L. Garwin, President Washington Post Kay Graham, Rep. Charles S. Gubser, and many people from military, business, universities, as well as private citizens

Box 15, Folder 17  DOD – Congratulations L – Z


Rep. Robert L. Leggett, Office of Emergency Preparedness G.A. Lincoln, Stanford Electrical Engineering Dept. Chair John G. Linvill, Utah International Chair E. W. Littlefield, Retired Brigadier General B. R. Luczak (“You were like a breath of fresh air”), Senator Mike Mansfield, Vice Commander in Chief of Air Force Glen W. Martin (“I’ve had the opportunity to observe the methods and results of just about every Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense from Mr. Forrestal on. I would like to tell you that in my opinion none has made more of a contribution than yours, and particularly during the period of our history when such contribution is critically important”), Council of Economic Advisers Chair Paul W. McCracken, Senator Thomas J. McIntyre, Deputy Assistant Sec. of Defense John H. Morse, Francis L. Moseley, Norman B. Neely, Lyle M. Nelson (to whom DP relies: “…as to apricots, you can have all you will pick. You have been a tower of strength at Stanford during these troubled years…”), Vice President General Electric Gerhard Neumann (“The best man DoD ever had, quit…”), Assistant Sec. of Defense G. Warren Nutter, President Menlo School and College Richard F. O’Brien (thank you to DP for his generous donation from blind trust), Rep. Wright Patman (who placed in the Congressional Record his evaluation of DP), Senator Charles H. Percy, Staff Director Office of Ocean Affairs Leigh S. Ratiner, Rep. John J. Rhodes (with his comments in the Congressional Record), Brigadier General W. S. Scott (info on Defense Systems Management School which DP had supported), Lawrence Radiation Lab head Glenn T. Seaborg, Rep. Robert L. F. Sikes (with his comments in the Congressional Record), Director of US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Gerard C. Smith (DP wrote: “…I have a strong sense of satisfaction from that part of the job that involved working with you on the SALT negotiations. I believe these negotiations may well be the single most important issue facing our government, and certainly the future of the country will be determined in a significant degree by the outcome of your efforts”), Senator John C. Stennis (who put a statement into the Congressional Record), Senator Strom Thurmond, E. Berkeley Tompkins, Ambassador of Japan Nobuhiko Ishiba, (“…appreciation for your enduring cooperation and effort for strengthening the friendly ties between Japan and the United States, in particular, for the successful agreement of the reversion of the Okinawa Islands”), Vice President (signed Ted), Thomas J. Watson, Jr., Caspar W. Weinberger, General W.C. Westmoreland, Office of Telecommunications Policy Clay T. Whitehead (“I am sure it is a source of personal satisfaction to know that your distinguished and successful service is valued so highly by the President”), Boeing Company President T. A. Wilson (“Being able to communicate with you and get answers was always enjoyable, even on those occasions when the answers were not the ones we wanted”), Gould President William T. Ylvisaker (“It is my belief that you gave the office of the Defense system an added strength and rapport with their suppliers.  There was a recognition on the part of suppliers that from your office emanated a new understanding of the problems of being a defense contractor and that the procedures you established were eminently fair in all respects, particularly so from a technical evaluation standpoint”), Senator Milton R. Young (“You have won the respect and admiration of the entire Congress.  Whenever we in Congress had a difficult defense problem to deal with most everyone would ask ‘What is Dave Packard’s position?'”), Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo (Bud) Zumwalt, Jr.

Box 15, Folder 18  White House – Misc. Letters 1972-74

[Mainly requests for dinners and meetings; nothing on Nixon’s impeachment except for one White House staff member sending DP info from SEIU encouraging impeachment]


Report of The Special Study Group on Federal Contract Research Centers, 8/30/71

Selected Statements by DOD and other Administration Officials, 7/1 – 12/31/71 (includes excerpts from speeches, press conferences, Congressional statements, and magazine articles)

7/23/74 meeting at San Clemente where DP and others talked with the US President about “the outlook for the economy, the actions necessary to curb our present inflation, and what we can do to encourage new investment in production capacity in the U.S.”  Also, DP’s handwritten notes “Nixon meeting, 7/23/74”

12/18/72 White House staff summary of accomplishments of the first four Nixon years put together for news editors

One topic the White House often asked DP about involved minority groups; 7/7/72 DP answered requesting that support be given to the American Indian Development Services in Sunnyvale which would be “in line with the president’s objectives to encourage and support viable business endeavors for minority groups…[and] it could be helpful to our cause.” [loan to Small Business Administration attached]

2 bound volumes at the end of Box 15:

“Report of the Special Study Group on Federal Contract Research Centers 30 August 1971”

“Selected Statements by DoD and Other Administrative Officials July 1 – December 31, 1971,” includes excerpts from speeches, press conferences, Congressional statements, and magazine articles, prepared by Air Force for DoD



Box 16, Folder 1  Many letters of congratulations, Jan. 1968-69

3/3/69 Caroline Charles to DP and Lu Packard: “Al and I just want to say how grateful and happy we are.  You know if was Dave who first proposed that a woman might be a Committee Chairman! That’s a favor? Anyway I have enjoyed it.” DP replies: “You may be sure I’ll keep in touch with my friends at Stanford.” [Archivist’s note: this letter was indexed because it helps define DP’s view on women]

Box 16, Folder 2  same

Box 16, Folder 3  same

Box 16, Folder 4  same

Box 16, Folder 5  same

Box 16, Folder 6  same

Box 16, Folder 7  same

Box 16, Folder 88 Stanford University faculty petition to DP to resign from DOD, April 1971; DP’s reply; letters from DP supporters


5/5/71 DP to Stanford President Richard Lyman: “I am enclosing a copy of my response to the petition I received from some members of the Stanford faculty.  I want you to know my response in no way reflects on you.  I believe you are doing a good job, even though this recent development may bring an end to my support for Stanford.”

5/21/71 faculty reply to DP, signed by Eleanor E. Maccoby, Robert McAfee Brown, Bob Moulton, Jr., and N.D. Napier

Box 16, Folder 9  “Highlights of the Visit of the Honorable David Packard Deputy Secretary of Defense and Rear Admiral T. D. Davies, USN Deputy Chief of Naval Material for Development and Chief of Naval Development,” Naval Weapons Center, 2 April 1971 [this volume was transferred to HP Archives Photo Collection, because it has several good pictures of DP]

“National Security Strategy of Realistic Deterrence,” Sec. of Defense Melvin R. Laird’s Annual Defense Department Report for FY 1973,” 2/8/72

Box 16, Folder 10  Lockheed Shipbuilding – claims settlement with the Navy 1970-74

DP was involved in settlement; correspondence with government officials as well as Lockheed personnel

Box 16, Folder 11  Lockheed Shipbuilding case

Box 16, Folder 12  DoD Miscellaneous Information

Report on “Increased Centralization Within DoD (A Dangerous Trend),” 1971

6/16/76 HP memo from Eb Rechtin to DP on DoD’s Design to Cost Program; final draft of history of the Blue Ribbon Defense Panel by Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, Analyst in National Defense, Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service; 6/11/76 letter to Lowenthal from DP:” I think it [the history] is a good presentation of the situation and I don’t think the apparent contradiction between Mr. Fitzhugh and myself is any particular problem. It is my view that the Blue Ribbon Panel report was constructive, but it was certainly too much to expect the Department to be completely reorganized as a result of the study.”

1/30/76 DP to Brig. Gen. James W. Stransberry, USAF, Director, Profit ’76, DoD: “We are enclosing the Defense Industrial Base Survey report which you have requested. I would like to point out that our entire Company’s operations are managed on policies specifically designed for dealing with commercial work and most of our defense business consists of products developed and designed for the commercial market and sold to the Government. We do very little work under ASPR regulations. In fact, we try to avoid doing business with the Defense Department under ASPR regulations because to do so we would have to change most of our policies and procedures.”


Palo Alto Times, ca.5/17/73 “Packard calls it built-in disaster” about the defense procurement process

List of deputy secretaries of defense from 1949 – 1972, given the length of service of each, mainly under two years each

5/10/73 Jerry W. Friedheim, Public Affairs, Assistant Sec. of Defense, suggests answers to press questions particularly about his support for Jim Schlesinger; included is a statement by DP also dated 5/10/73: “Last week I discussed with President Nixon the possibility of returning to Washington as Secretary of Defense. After the most careful consideration of all the many factors involved, I have advised the President with deep regret that I would not be able to accept such a nomination.”

6/15/70 DP handwritten note on Don Bennett’s briefing on president’s committee chaired by J. Edgar Hoover

Box 16, Folder 13  DoD 5000.X 1970-76

10/25/76 article in “Aviation Week & Space Technology” on NATO Milestone listing competitive prototyping: “David Packard, former undersecretary of Defense, who introduced this concept and made it stick, should be remembered for this contribution that has proved out so well in practice.”

6/13/70 “Armed Forces Journal” article “Packard Guidelines on Major Weapon System Acquisitions” includes the full text of DP’s landmark policy memo

Box 16, Folder 14 United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Mainly concerning DP gift of $20,000 to the Naval Academy Memorial Fund, 1971-73, and his help in raising other funds

Box 16, Folder 15  6/1/70 “Deputy Secretary’s Song & Coloring Book, DoD Manual”


Box 16, Folder 16  US Miliary Posture for FY 1975 by Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer

Box 16, Folder 17  8/3/71 Aircraft Collision Avoidance Systems, Hearing before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations