Nuclear Defence Affairs Committee

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Nuclear Defence Affairs Committee

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The Nuclear Defence Affairs Committee (NDAC) chronological series contains the records of the NDAC. The NDAC was created in December 1966, as a forum in which the nations could discuss nuclear issues facing NATO. The NDAC was founded when the Defence Planning Committee in Ministerial Session accepted the recommendation of the Special Committee of Defence Ministers, chaired by Robert McNamara of the United States, to establish a consultative process on nuclear doctrine within NATO. Unlike the subordinate Nuclear Planning Group(1), membership in the NDAC was open to all NATO members . The NDAC was chaired by the Secretary General and had the responsibility of proposing policies on nuclear issues. It met at ministerial level, usually alongside ministerial-level meetings of the North Atlantic Council, and more frequently at the level of permanent representatives. The NDAC received all the documentation produced by the NPG, and discussed, reviewed and approved the NPG’s reports, before transmitting them to the North Atlantic Council for approval. The NDAC also established overall NATO guidelines for the deployment and use of NATO’s nuclear weapons. This included providing assessments of the Warsaw Pact’s military capabilities and its political and diplomatic intentions.


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