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Executive Secretary

This series is comprised of memoranda addressed to Secretaries of Delegation, and relate to questions examined in Council as well as administrative matters, including appointments of Permanent Representatives and high officials of the Organisation, and administrative arrangements for Ministerial Meeting. These memoranda also serve as cover notes for transmitting reports or letters from other political or military bodies, or from a de...

Executive Secretariat (1952 - 1970)

Private Office of the Secretary General

Originally this series covered various types of correspondence, from private letters to memoranda addressed to delegations or to other NATO bodies. In the early 1970's a new series (SG) was created to cover personal communications by the Secretary General, and it was decided that PO memoranda would be used for formal documents addressed to Permanent Representatives for information or decision regarding the work of the Council. PO mem...

Private Office of the Secretary General

Executive Secretariat

This series is comprised of memoranda addressed to Secretaries of Delegation, i.e. Council, and relate to questions examined in Council as well as administrative matters, including appointments of Permanent Representatives and high officials of the Organization, and administrative arrangements for Ministerial Meetings. These memoranda also serve as cover notes for forwarding reports or letters from other political or military bodies ...

Executive Secretariat (1971 - 2003)

Temporary Council Committee - Screening and Costing Staff

The records in the SCS chronological series contain reports, memoranda and proposals made to the Temporary Council Committee by the Screening and Costing Staff. The series also contains suggestions by the member nations to the Executive Board.The reports by the Screening and Costing Staff deal with the cost of the armed forces in general and the situation in West Germany in particular, equipment requirements, defence costs in general...

Temporary Council Committee - Screening and Costing Staff

Executive Board of the Temporary Council Committee

The records in the EB chronological series contain analyses of the responses by the nations to the questionnaire circulated by the Temporary Council Committee. In addition, the series contains draft Council resolutions and analyses of the organization of NATO and the Temporary Committee. The Executive Board deals with the military and economic problems of the member nations and the military and economic conditions necessary to carry ...

Executive Board of the Temporary Council Committee

Temporary Council Committee

The documents in the TCC chronological series deal with the resources required to maintain the Armed Forces and how to reduce them. Within this framework, the subjects addressed are troops, equipment, production, defence programmes and costs. The questionnaire sent to the member nations covers land, air and maritime forces. The issue of Germany's possible contribution to defence is also discussed, as are NATO's defence organizational...

Temporary Council Committee

Nuclear Defence Affairs Committee

The NDAC series records contain information about all aspects of nuclear issues that were of concern to NATO. Many of the records comment on or directly reflect the work of the NPG. This includes discussions about issues related to strategic and tactical nuclear forces, anti-ballistic missiles, atomic demolition munitions, the deployment of nuclear weapons and forces in Europe, and arrangements with host countries. The NDAC records a...

Nuclear Defence Affairs Committee

Defence Review Committee

The documents in this series reflect the participation of the DRC in the various defence planning activities of the Alliance. They include questionnaires on forces, reports on the examination of force proposals and force goals for NATO countries, country chapters, analysis of defence expenditure and resource matters. They should be examined in conjunction with the DPC and DPQ (Defence Planning Questionnaire) series.The DRC was princi...

Defence Review Committee

Defence Planning Working Group

The records in the DPWG chronological series contain information on defence plans. This includes information on the defence plans (up to 1970) of member nations as regards their forces and defence budget, as well as assumptions concerning the relationship between economic development and their future defence effort. The DPWG series documents cover the structure of land, naval and air forces, as well as nuclear forces. They deal with ...

Defence Planning Working Group

Defence Planning Review Questionnaire

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 st...

Defence Review Committee

Committee on the Implementation of the NATO Alert System

The documents of the AC/290 chronological series mainly address the working methods of the Committee on the Implementation of the NATO Alert System. However, the options of the various alert systems and how to optimize their use are also covered extensively, as is emergency planning.

Committee on the Implementation of the NATO Alert System

Executive Working Group on the Study of Alliance Defence Problems for the 1970s

The documents of the AC/281 series are chiefly reports, studies and questionnaires produced, in the course of drafting the AD 70 report,by the Executive Working Group and its subordinate bodies, various committees and working groups, the divisions of the International Staff, the International Military Staff, member nations and commands, as well as programmes of work, discussions and results of meetingsof the Working Group.The documen...

Executive Working Group on the Study of Alliance Defence Problems for the 1970s

Military Production and Supply Board

The MPSB series comprises directives, notes, reports by members of the Military Production and Supply Board (Chairman, Secretary, representatives of Treaty signatories), members of the Permanent Working Staff and delegations. They trace the discussions and decisions of Board meetings.They show how the Board was set up and make clear its workings and activities and its links with the military entities and the Financial and Economic Co...

Military Production and Supply Board

Defence Financial and Economic Committee

The Defence Financial and Economic Committee series consist of just one record: a verbatim record of the second meeting held in London on 29th March 1950. The verbatim record contains the discussion around the four high priority work projects undertaken by DFEC.

Defence Financial and Economic Committee

Financial and Economic Board

FEB series mainly contain records from the meetings of the Board; documents and memoranda on national defence burdens, seaborne import requirements, armament production in Europe, aircraft production, raw and scarce materials; and notes on national defence programmes and FEB meetings.

Financial and Economic Board

Defence Production Board

DPB series records mainly contain DPB Secretariat Memoranda including documents to be circulated from national delegations, Meeting Summary Minutes and Documents as Reports by Divisions (i.e. Production and Programs Division) and outstanding replies to questionnaires.

Defence Production Board

Committee of Three

The documents of the chronological series with the reference CT deal with the situation of NATO and the Organization's past achievementsin the political, economic and military fields. A questionnaire was circulated among the member nations. Consultations were then heldwith the nations to clarify the written responses. Records of these consultations are available (see CT-R/3 to CT-R/14). At the same timeas the questionnaire, explanato...

Committee of Three

Long Term Planning for the 1960’s (Ten Years Plans)

TYP series consist of 36 records mainly containing memoranda from the Secretary General and national contributions from Delegations with recommendations and comments on the four main items of the Long-Term Planning Report for the 1960’s: Political Consultation, The Competence and Objectives of NATO in the Economic Field, Psychological Action and Emergency Planning.

Long-Term Planning Report for the 1960’s

North Atlantic Council, 1st to 9th sessions

The documents in the series C1 to C9 contain the Council's production during the first 29 months of its existence, prior to the establishment of the International Staff. After the ninth session, the Council continued its document production with a new referencing system, i.e. C-M(52)1, C-R(52)1, etc.Document series C1 contains all the documents produced for the Council's first session, C2 for the second and so forth. For each session...

Committee of the Annual Review - Working Group on the Annual Review Procedure

The records in the AC/39 series deal with issues involved in preparing the annual review questionnaire (questionnaire plan, proposed modifications, instructions on drafting memoranda, etc). They also include documents on the defence expenditure of member nations (summary tables of forces and defence expenditure).

Committee of the Annual Review - Working Group on the Annual Review Procedure

Committee of the Annual Review

The records in the AC/19 chronological series contain information concerning the annual review. This includes information on the defence plans (up to 1970) of member nations as regards their forces and defence budget, as well as assumptions concerning the relationship between economic development and their future defence effort. The AC/19 series documents cover the structure of land, naval and air forces, as well as nuclear forces. T...

Committee of the Annual Review

Annual Review

The documents produced over the 15 years under consideration constitute a complete documentary history. They contain the material necessary to carry out a comprehensive study of the defence effort by the Alliance nations.The Annual Review series contains questionnaires and replies by member nations, as well as analyses of the nations' replies. Also included are documents by the Committee in charge of reviewing questionnaire replies, ...

Annual Review Committee

Atlantic Policy Advisory Group

The records of this series consist of suggestions for topics and themes to be discussed, draft agendas, contributions and background papers prepared by nations, draft reports prepared by the Chairman and various administrative matters.

Atlantic Policy Advisory Group

MBFR Ad Hoc Group in Vienna

The AGV series consists of reports prepared by the Chairman of the MBFR Ad Hoc Group in Vienna which were then circulatedby the Secretary General to the members of the NATO Council. The reports were issued on a weekly basis and summarized the various discussions taking place in Vienna.

MBFR Ad Hoc Group in Vienna

Planning Board for Ocean Shipping

The records in this series consist of agendas, minutes, reports, and other correspondence tabled at the plenary meetings of AC/271. The reports include technical and statistical studies on shipping capacity, financial arrangements, war risk insurance and other matters relating to merchant shipping.

Planning Board for Ocean Shipping

Civil Protection Committee

Documents in the AC/23(CD) chronological series report on the work of the CPC and its relations with the CEPC, AC/23 and the sub-committees subordinate to it.From the administrative point of view, the work involved mainly: reports on nations' state of preparedness examination of the questionnaire for the annual review issued by the CEP Coordinating Committee selection of candidates for the bodies subordinate to the CPC and NRA organ...

Civil Protection Committee

Committee on Civil Organization in Time of War

Documents (D) present: National reports on the arrangements already made for the protection of refugees; AC/23 studies on creating a new sub-committee, and their terms of reference; AC/23 sub-committees' activity reports; AC/23 activity reports to the Council.Notices (N) present: The composition of AC/23 and of its sub-committees; The agenda of AC/23 meetings.Meeting records (R) include: The selection process and nomination of exper...

Committee on Civil Organization in Time of War

Restricted Committee of the Planning Board for Inland Surface Transport (1952-1958); Steering Group of the Planning Board for Inland Surface Transport (1958-1965)

The documents in the AC/15(SG) chronological series report on the work of the Restricted Committee, the point of view of SHAPE on decisions to be taken, and relations between the Restricted Committee and bodies subordinate to the PBEIST, in particular the three regional committees (North, Centre and South Europe) and the seven working groups. These are administrative documents. In its (D) and meeting records (R), the Restricted Commi...

Restricted Committee of the Planning Board for Inland Surface Transport (AC/15(SG))

Planning Board for European Inland Surface Transport

Documents in the AC/15 chronological series report on the work of the PBEIST on the one hand, its relations with its subordinate sub-committees and with the SCEPC on the other hand. These include administrative and technical documents. The work of the PBEIST dealt mainly with PBEIST programmes of work and annual activity reports to the SCEPC, programmes of work and activity reports or memoranda of PBEIST sub-committees, (excerpts of)...

Planning Board for European Inland Surface Transport

Central Europe Pipeline Policy Committee

The records in the AC/120 series deal with issues pertaining to the operation and maintenance of the Central Europe Pipeline System. In it can be found the charter of the Central Europe Pipeline Office (CEPO) and the Central Europe Operating Agency (CEOA), the terms and conditions of employment and the status of personnel in the national pipeline offices and divisions, information on linefills, budgetary issues and transportation cos...

Central Europe Pipeline Policy Committee

Petroleum Planning Committee team of pipeline and storage experts

The AC/12(PS) chronological series document reports on the sole meeting of the Team held at the Palais de Chaillot on 7 September 1953. During the first part of the meeting, the PPC Chairman reminded participants of the circumstances which had led to the creation of the Team and presented its unofficial terms of reference.In the second part of the meeting, the Chairman of the Team was appointed and the SHAPE representative presented ...

Petroleum Planning Committee team of pipeline and storage experts

Petroleum Planning Committee

Documents in the AC/12 chronological series report on the work of the PPC and its relations with its subgroups. These include administrative and technical documents.The former are mainly terms of reference and meeting records of PPC subcommittees, programmes of work and annual activity reports from the PPC to the SCEPC, PPC meeting records for the SCEPC, and documents on the selection and appointment of staff in bodies affiliated wit...

Petroleum Planning Committee

Working Group to Examine International Coordination of Supply in Wartime

The AC/101 chronological series deals with the work (investigations, discussions, etc) carried out and the tools used to propose: to AC/98: draft terms of reference for a CSA to the Council: a draft resolution on the creation of a CSA It contains: a summary of the role of bodies responsible for supplies and merchant navies in wartime discussions between the delegations represented on AC/101 on the proposals made by France (body ex...

Working Group to Examine International Coordination of Supply in Wartime

Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee

The records in the AC/98 chronological series report on the work of the SCEPC and its relations with the working groups and planning boards and committees which came under it.It contains mainly the reports of these Working Groups and the summaries thereof prepared by the SCEPC. These reports were discussed at SCEPC meetings. The series also contains the replies by NATO member nations to questions raised by the SCEPC with respect to c...

Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee

Armaments Committee

The AC/74 series comprises chiefly studies, projects, reports, notes and corrigenda issued by Committee members and delegations, and records the outcome of Committee meetings.It deals with upholding the European production potential, industrial mobilization, standardization, armaments equipment, the creation of groups of experts or working groups and their activities.

Armaments Committee

NATO Conference on Information Policy

The records in the AC/87 series deal with the subjects discussed at the Conference. They contain reports from the delegations on information activities on behalf of NATO (journalists' tours; distribution of publications and films on NATO, etc), analyses by the governments of member nations of anti-NATO Communist propaganda; a project to set up a "NATO Award", and another project in the area of civil defence.Also included in...

NATO Conference on Information Policy

Committee on Information and Cultural Relations - Working Group on the Greek Delegation's proposal

The AC/52(CE) chronological series consists of a draft report and notes from the member country delegations. It also includes a draft questionnaire to all member countries designed to gather information on Soviet propaganda. The records in this series also contain data on problems related to East-West relations, and suggestions for a possible change in direction in the work of experts aimed at countering Soviet propaganda.

Committee on Information and Cultural Relations - Working Group on the Greek Delegation's proposal

Committee on Information and Cultural Relations - Ad Hoc Meeting of Senior Officers in NATO Countries concerned with Government-Sponsored Cultural Activities

The AC/52(CE) chronological series contains notes communicated by the member states' delegations, and a draft report containing recommendations on the impetus to be given to the Atlantic Alliance's cultural activities at the level of the nations and NATO. It contains information on the NATO research and study fellowship programme, the NATO youth festival which took place in the summer of 1957, the NATO cultural programme and a propos...

Committee on Information and Cultural Relations - Ad Hoc Meeting of Senior Officers in NATO Countries concerned with Government-Sponsored Cultural Activities

Working Group on Social and Cultural Co-operation

The records in the AC/31 series deal with the subjects studied by the Working Group on Social and Cultural Co-operation. They contain draft recommendations on cultural exchanges between the NATO countries, information on internships and scholarships from the Atlantic Community, as well as memoranda from the delegations on bilateral and multilateral cultural agreements.Also contained in the series is a NATO inventory of scientific res...

Working Group on Social and Cultural Co-operation

Conference of National Information Officers

The AC/124 chronological series contains the records of the fourth, fifth and sixth conferences plus the records of the conferences that took place after 1968.The documents deal firstly with NATO’s information policy and provide information about the Alliance’s information programme, the growth of the NATO Information Service and the relations with Member countries. Information distribution is also addressed, as are the guidelines on...

Conference of National Information Officers

Committee on Information and Cultural Relations

Records in the AC/52 series include notes from Member country delegations on their exchanges with the satellite countries, intelligence on the fight against Communist propaganda in the Member countries, and information about NATO’s overall information policy and the cultural links between Member countries. The series also includes information about the structure and operation of various countries’ information services and about UNESC...

Committee on Information and Cultural Relations

Infrastructure Committee - Infrastructure Payments and Progress Subcommittee

The records of the AC/4(PP) chronological series supplement the documents of the Infrastructure Committee (AC/4). Although the same topics are addressed, the documents of the Infrastructure Committee’s Infrastructure Payments and Progress Subcommittee focus more on the practical aspects of projects. • Financial aspects: To start with, this includes requests for authorization to commit funds to projects, plus the authorizations themse...

Infrastructure Committee - Infrastructure Payments and Progress Subcommittee

Infrastructure Committee

The documents in the AC/4 chronological series present all the aspects of NATO infrastructure: • Infrastructure programmes: The NATO infrastructure slices were discussed, at their beginning and throughout their completion, in the Committee. Progress on the projects was analysed, status reports were produced and administrative procedures were followed. The International Staff issued reports on the infrastructure slices under way. New ...

Infrastructure Committee

Working Group on Security in NATO

The AC/6 series consists of records related to the revision of the security system at NATO. It includes drafts and opinions from the members of the Working Group on Security in NATO. It also traces the discussions and results of the meetings of this group devoted to the security system at NATO.

Working Group on Security in NATO

Security Committee

The records in the AC/35 series contain drafts and opinions from the members of the Security Committee. They trace the discussions and results of the meetings of the Committee with regard to the security system at NATO. The records in the AC/35 series deal with security arrangements within NATO, the proposed review and implementation thereof, and the plans and inspection reports of the security arrangements put in place in the variou...

Security Committee

Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions Working Group

While the Council, the Senior Political Committee, the Military Committee and other Military Authorities were involved in setting out NATO's position in the negotiations, most of the detailed work on MBFR was carried out by the Working Group and its sub groups. It developed models of reduction and provided technical analysis and evaluation to the North Atlantic Council on matters related to MBFR. It also supervised the work of the va...

Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions Working Group

Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS)

The archives of the AC/274 chronological series report on the work of the CCMS, in particular follow-up of the various programmes supported by the Committee. Various types of administrative documents can be found there. Records (R) are reports on the regular or plenary meetings of the CCMS. They address either general policy matters or the review of the pilot study programme over a given period. They are the committee’s reference doc...

Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS)

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