Series DPQ - Defence Planning Review Questionnaire

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Defence Planning Review Questionnaire


  • 1967 - ? (Creation)

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The Defence Review Committee (DRC), the senior advisory committee to the Defence Planning Committee(1) (DPC), came into being as a result of the re-organization of defence planning following France’s withdrawal in 1966 from the integrated military structure and the subsequent transfer of responsibility for all defence planning aspects of the Alliance from the Council to the DPC.Because of circumstances at the time, the DRC was established without official terms of reference. As of 1 September 1967 the DRC replaced the Defence Planning Working Group(2); it also took over the functions of the Committee of the Annual Review(3). The main activities of the DRC consisted in the preparation of Ministerial Guidance, the Force Goal process, the Defence Review and work related to the exchange of force planning data. The original membership included those nations taking part in the integrated defence structure; the Military authorities were also represented in the committee and the Assistant Secretary General for Defence Planning chaired the meetings. In 1974 Greece suspended its participation in the work of the DRC following its withdrawal from the military structure. It resumed participation in 1980 when it rejoined NATO’s integrated military structure. The following working groups and sub-groups were established under the authority of the DRC: - DRC(GK LF) 1968 -1970 Sub-Group on the Means of Strengthening Greek Local Forces - DRC(TK LF) 1968 -1970 Sub-Group on the Means of Strengthening Turkish Local Forces - DRC(DRWG) 1971-1973 Open-Ended Working Group on Defence Planning Data Requirements and Reporting Procedures and Methods - DRC(WR) 1972-1974 Standing Sub-Group on War Reserve Stocks.

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The documents produced over these eight years constitute full documentation which clearly highlights the various difficulties encountered by the nations as they strove to collectively satisfy the requirements expressed by the NATO military authorities in their efforts to meet the problems of shared defence together. As a consequence, the DPQ series represents a primary source for historical research, providing matter for a general study of the defence effort of the Alliance nations or for comparative studies.

It comprises the questionnaires and the replies of the member states. The general documents giving instructions for the preparation of the replies have the reference DPQ(year)General). They include forms and tables, together with administrative instructions, definitions and the arrangements for the distribution of the replies.

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The DPQ series is arranged by year. The general documents giving instructions for the preparation of the replies have the reference DPQ(year)General). The nations' replies to the questionnaire form part of the series. They have the reference DPQ(year)Country-D/1.

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The questionnaires were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French). The nations' replies, however, exist only in the language in which they were originally drafted (English or French), usually English.

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(1) See the series under reference AC/19.
(2) See the series under reference Annual Review.
(3) See the series under reference DRC.
(4) See the series under reference DPWG.
(5) See the series under reference AC/19.
(6) See the series under reference DPC.

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