- 1951 - 1952 (Creation)
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The Index of Standing Group documents listed the SG documents produced by the Standing Group in 1951 and 1952. These documents were produced by the secretariat of the Standing Group, based in Washington (US), as was the headquarters of the Standing Group (see SG-228-Final). They were used as working documents in and out of meetings by SG staff authorized and needing to refer to them.
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Scope and content
The SG dealt with 265 topics related to unified defence in the North Atlantic region (see ISGP-2-52). Each topic was defined, then information was requested and actions proposed.
Major issues included the creation of an integrated European defence force, the creation of SHAPE, regional defence planning, information security and infrastructure.
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ISGP documents are arranged in chronological order. Their reference is the acronym followed by a publication number and the year (e.g. ISGP-002-52).
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Conditions governing access
NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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ISGP documents were issued in English.
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Not all the ISGP documents were kept at the Registry of the International Military Staff (IMS). Those which were preserved are available on paper, on microfilm or in digitized format at the IMS Registry.
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