Series AC/137(DR) - Science Committee Defence Research Directors

LIST OF REPRESENTATIVES CORRIGENDUM 1 - LIST OF REPRESENTATIVES SUBJECTS OF MILITARY IMPORTANCE WHICH HAVE A LARGE ELEMENT OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PROBLEMES IMPORTANTS DU POINT DE VUE MILITAIRE ET APPELANT D'IMPORTANTES RECHERCHES SCIENTIF... INSTITUTES FOR CO-OPERATIVE SCIENCE IN NATO INSTITUTS DE COOPERATION SCIENTIFIQUE DE L'OTAN PRESENT NATO ORGANISATIONS FOR DEALING WITH PROBLENS IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION OTAN CHARGEE ACTUELLEMENT DES PROBLEMES DE RECHERCHE ET DE DEVELOPPEMENT LIST OF THOSE ATTENDING THE MEETING OF DEFENCE RESEARCH DIRECTORS CORRIGENDUM 1 - LIST OF THOSE ATTENDING THE MEETING OF DEFENCE RESEARCH DIRECTORS MEETING 1ST-2ND DECEMBER 1958 REUNION 1-2 DECEMBRE 1958 CORRIGENDUM 1 - MEETING 1ST-2ND DECEMBER 1958 RECTIFICATIF 1 - REUNION 1-2 DECEMBRE 1958 MEETING 28TH-29TH SEPTEMBER 1959 REUNION 28-29 SEPTEMBRE 1959

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AC/137(DR)

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Science Committee Defence Research Directors

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  • 1958 - 1963 (Creation)

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(1958-1963)

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The AC/137(DR) chronological series contains the records of the Science Committee Defence Research Directors. The idea of setting up a working group for the national directors of scientific research on defence to express their opinions on ways of enhancing the effectiveness of research in the Alliance countries was first proposed in October 1958. The first informal meeting was held on 1-2 December 1958, following which it was decided that one meeting would be held per year. The last meeting was held on 21-22 November 1963, after which the Subcommittee of Defence Research Directors turned into the Committee of Defence Research Directors (see the AC/243 series).

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The AC/137(DR) chronological series contains documents on defence research and ways of enhancing the effectiveness of the solutions available.
These documents have two references, AC/137(DR) and AC/74(DR), to indicate the twofold commitment to defence and to research.
At the first meeting, the following research topics were suggested: ground- and sea-based equipment, hydrodynamics, applied research, fundamental research and operational research. Other topics such as machine translation and energy conversion were subsequently addressed.
The Subcommittee focused in particular on enhancing the effectiveness of defence research, improving the use of military equipment,
co-operation on research and the exchange of intelligence, exchanges of scholars doing research into defence, the training of researchers and logistics production.
As part of the research into co-operation between scientific, administrative and military personnel on setting military and strategic policy,
a questionnaire (see AC/137(DR)D/1) was sent out to the Alliance countries as a basis for discussion. It consisted of a single point: “Describe your country’s procedure for developing military and strategic policy.” The replies from eleven countries (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States) have been kept.

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The documents are arranged by type - Document (D), Note (N), Record/Summary Record (R) and Working Paper (WP) - and then by number.

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The records were circulated in NATO’s two official languages, English and French.

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