Defence Planning Review Questionnaire

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The DPQ chronological series contains the Defence Planning Review Questionnaires. For the first attempts to reconcile the military requirements of NATO and the economic and financial resources of the member states, refer to the chronological series of the Annual Review Committee(1), and the series entitled Annual Review(2) for 1952-1967. Analysis of the Alliance's military situation from 1959 to 1965 showed that, from one year to another, Western defence arrangements remained in many respects inadequate to protect the Member Nations from the growing Soviet power. By bringing existing deficiencies to light, the Annual Defence Review contributed to establishing realistic long-term plans. With the Council's December 1965 resolution on defence planning, ministers accepted the principle of a procedure to be implemented from January 1967. This involved the annual reviewing of five-year defence plans, with the first period running from 1968 to 1972. Under the new procedure, instead of studying each country separately as the Annual Review Committee had done, the Defence Planning Working Group considered defence problems horizontally, looking at a series of problems which were of major concern to the whole Alliance.In September 1967, the Defence Review Committee(3) replaced the Defence Planning Working Group(4) and also took over the tasks of the Annual Review Committee(5). Work on the DPQ, in cooperation with the Defence Planning Committee(6) , has become one of the DRC's main tasks.On 17 July 1967, the first questionnaire was finalized under the title "Questionnaire for the 1967 Defence Planning Review (Approved Information Request No.), Long-Term Defence Planning". Once it had been adopted, the questionnaire was distributed to member nations.After the Table of Contents, the Preface, the Administrative Instructions and the Directive for the Memorandum, the questionnaire has the following subdivisions: - Item I: Memorandum - Item IIA: Army Section: Table I (normal distribution) - Item IIB: Army Section: all other tables, including all annexes (special distribution) - Item IIIA: Navy Section: Table I (normal distribution) - Item IIIB: Navy Section: all other tables, including all annexes (special distribution) - Item IVA: Air Force Section: Table I (normal distribution) - Item IVB: Air Force Section: all other tables, including all annexes (special distribution) - Item V: Financial and Economic SectionEach year, the questionnaire took the same general form, by and large. Changes were made to it over the years (more or less major changes to tables, annexes and addenda) and certain items were deleted.. Today, the Defence Planning Questionnaire still retains all its importance as the main means of coordinating member states' defence efforts.


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