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Military Memoranda (MM) Series

The subject series includes memoranda as an outcome of the first meeting of the Military Committee in 1949. The documents consist of proposals, one directive, and meeting minutia generally regarding the establishment of procedures for the committee.

MM - Military Committee

Standing Group Working Memorandum

The documents contain mainly routine information on personnel changes, military exercises and information security. They were produced from 1954 to 1966.On the cover page, the SG/MC secretariat indicated: the recipient of the SGWM (usually the SG, sometimes the Steering Committee (SG/SC)) the reference of the document in which the SG or SG/SC had given its initial instructions the reference of the document submitted to the SG or ...

Standing Group Military Committee

Military Committee Series

The series includes directives, memoranda, notes, reports, corrigenda, resolutions and decisions by the Military Committee.

Military Committee Series

Memoranda of the Office of the Standing Group Representative

The chronological series is divided into two categories.The SGREPs contain information relating to: administrative issues (organization of meetings, the Liaison Office's annual report, personnel management, budget management and management of classified documentation) military issues (defence planning, exercises, yearly force and infrastructure review)The SGREP-MISCs report on: negotiations with the USSR regarding nuclear tests ...

SGREP - Standing Group Liaison Office (SGLO / 1952-1956) and Office of the Standing Group Representative (SGREP / 1956-1967)

Communications-Electronics Board

The CEB documents consist of Notes, Memoranda, Meeting Records, Decision Sheets, Working Papers and others concerned with Communications and Electronics.

Consultation, Command and Control System

Chairman of the Military Committee (CMC)

Personal business letters from the Chairman of the Military Committee. They included summaries of informal meeting discussions, briefings, letters of congratulations, and other topics.

Chairman of the Military Committee (CMC)

International Military Staff Memorandum - Secretariat

This was the normal means of communication between the IMS Secretariat and MODS, MILREPS, Commands, Staffs, Agencies, Offices, Groups, Boards, Committees outside the IMS. They transmitted taskings or information.

Secretariat of the IMS (Currently Executive Coordinator - EXCO)

International Military Staff Working Memorandum

A draft document was covered by an IMSWM and issued to the MlLREPs by the IMS. The covering memorandum explained the background and specified clearly what action the MlLREPs were asked to take. A target date for replies was quoted and, to give adequate time for consultation with National Authorities, this was not normally less than six weeks from the date on which MlLREPs received the document. If the normal period of six weeks for r...

All IMS Divisions but mostly EXCOCELL

Informal Staff Planners Memoranda

Used for the exchange of views on a strictly planning level and never used for seeking or giving official guidance.

Standing Group and Commanders of the Standing Group Liaison Offices

Summary Record of the Military Committee in Chiefs of Staff Session

Summary records of Military Committee Chiefs of Staff formal and informal sessions. In addition to the members of Military Committee (the chairman or selected representative of each nation's Chiefs of Staff Organization), the meetings were attended by the Chairman and the Director of the Standing Group (and sometimes other sitting Standing Group members), the Standing Group Liaison Officer Representative at NATO Headquarters, the Sup...

EXCOCELL

Military Staff Memorandum - Logistics

The normal form of written communication at staff level within the IMS from the Logistics Division to staff members outside the IMS. The views in these documents are those of the originator and do not carry the authority nor reflect the official view of the Director of any IMS division/office. Used to convey summary staff reports of meetings, conferences, working groups, etc., to interested staff agencies.

Logistics Division

Military Committee Working Memorandum

These were temporarily used during 1966-1967. They included topics such as France’s continued participation in NATO, appointment of directors and other general officers, infrastructure reports, military planning factors, various studies, meeting schedules and summaries, and other topics and reports.

All Standing Group Divisions

International Military Staff Memorandum

This was the normal means of communication between the IMS and MODS, MILREPS, Commands, Staffs, Agencies, Offices, Groups, Boards, Committees outside the IMS. They transmitted taskings or information.

All IMS Divisions but mostly EXCOCELL

Military Staff Memorandum

The normal form of written communication at staff level within the IMS or from IMS members to staff members outside the IMS. The views in these documents are those of the originator and do not carry the authority nor reflect the official view of the Director of any IMS division/office. Used to convey summary staff reports of meetings, conferences, working groups, etc., to interested staff agencies.

All Standing Group and IMS Divisions

Record Military Committee Series

This series includes meeting records by the Military Committee Chiefs of Staff (MC/CS) and the Military Committee in Permanent Session (MC/PS) between 1949 and 1959.

RECORD - Military Committee

Military Committee Memoranda (MCM) Series

The series includes memoranda by the Military Committee between 1949 and 1959. The first seven documents of the Memorandum series were listed as MM documents and are organized in the NATO Military Memoranda Series.

MCM - Military Committee

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 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)

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)

NATO Press Releases

The Series includes a large collection of NATO Press Releases from 1961 to the Present, including official meeting notices, advisories, decisions, speeches, background information, comments, and statements made by press officers, the secretary general and ministers from NATO nations. The series also includes communiqués from the Defence Planning Group, the Eurogroup, NATO Ministerial meetings, the Special Consultative Group, the Nucl...

PR - Public Diplomacy Division (PDD)

NATO Publications

The PDD Series contains NATO’s official publications from the organisation’s founding until the present.The largest section of the Series includes regularly updated and published Handbooks, which were used to describe the history, goals and functions of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Fonds also includes speeches, articles, documents, brochures, pamphlets and informational guides that were collected and published by PDD.

Publications - Public Diplomacy Division (PDD)

Defence Committee Agendas

The Agenda Series represents a partial collection of the agendas for the four meetings of the Defence Committee.

Agenda - Defence Committee

Defence Committee Subject Files

The Subject Series includes Directives, Proposals, Notes, Memoranda, Resolutions and Decisions by the Defence Committee created between 1949 and 1951. The Defence Committee primarily drafted these items and sent them to the North Atlantic Council, the Military Committee and the Standing Group.

DC - Subject Files Defence Committee

Defence Committee Memorandum

The Memoranda Series is made up of Defence Committee Memoranda created between 1949 and 1951. The Defence Committee primarily drafted these items and sent them to the North Atlantic Council, the Military Committee and the Standing Group.

DCM - Defence Committee

Defence Committee Meeting Records

This Series contains a list of attendees, decisions made and a verbatim transcript for each of the four meetings held by the Defence Committee between 1949 and 1950.

RECORD - Defence Committee

SHAPE Historical Office

The documents of the SHAPE historical office center around the production of an Annual History, known as the SHAPE History. Documents from this series include the history itself and the background material (footnotes) used in its production.

SHAPE Historical Office

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...

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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Standing Group Documents

The SGs are Documents. They deal with 265 topics related to unified defence in the North Atlantic region (see ISGP-2-52). Each topic was first defined in a basic document. Information was then requested in revised versions of the basic document, and finally actions were proposed in the final version.Major issues included the creation of an integrated European defence force, the creation of SHAPE, regional defence planning, informatio...

Standing Group Series

Chairman Standing Group Memorandum

The Chairman of the Standing Group produced a limited number of memoranda each year. These bore the acronym CSGM. Only memoranda dealing with an important issue or referring to an important document were kept.Some CSGM documents were reports sent twice a week by the SG Chairman to the Chairman of the Military Committee (MC). The latter was thus kept informed of the work accomplished by the SG and the Military Representatives Committe...

CSGM - Standing Group

Logistics and Materials Planning Team of the Standing Group Memoranda

The D/SECY(LMPT) documents were the memoranda sent by Mr J.B. Oldfield, a British colonel and LMPT Deputy Secretary.They are a record of a meeting between General Foulkes and the SG about Canada's decision to reduce its contribution to the SG budget.

Logistics and Materials Planning Team of the Standing Group

Standing Group Memorandum by the Director

The SG Director worked closely with the representative of the Liaison Office in London or Paris (especially during the annual review). They communicated via memoranda known as DSGM from Washington or LOM from London or Paris.In the DSGMs, they discussed the issues being dealt with, or which could be dealt with, at Standing Group meetings.The DSGMs also covered matters under the Director's responsibility, i.e. (for each SG body) premi...

DSGM - Standing Group

Index of Standing Group documents

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.

ISGP - Standing Group

London Branch Standing Group Secretariat Memoranda

The LBSG sent around one hundred memoranda (bearing the same acronym) to the Standing Group in Washington, to several regional planning groups and various services and managers in London.These memoranda were mainly of an administrative and organizational nature. They were produced in 1951 and 1952 and dealt with the organization of the LBSG, the management of correspondence and documents, security procedures and the move to Paris.The...

London Branch Standing Group

Standing Group Liaison Office Paris Memoranda

The LOMs consist of: presentation of a policy proposed by the Council, NATO committees or the IS a personal communication between the SG representative in Europe and an SG member in Washington (e.g. the Director) a request for instructions, sent by the Liaison Office staff to the SG secretariat routine mattersFrom what can be gathered from the two preserved documents, the LOM(W)s consist of: a personal communication between the...

Standing Group Liaison Office (SGLO / 1952-1956) and Office of the Standing Group Representative (SGREP / 1956-1967)

Records of meetings of the Director of the Standing Group

RECORD-DSG documents were records of working meetings chaired by the SG Director. They dealt with the day-to-day management of the SG and its subordinate groups (meeting agendas, secretariat...) and were signed by the Director.

RECORD - Director of the Standing Group

Record of Meetings of the Standing Group

The issues dealt with were of a military and organizational nature, in particular: the review of defence planning and force requirements, the preparation of military exercises, the organization of regional area commands, the establishment of new SG working groups or agencies, the management and protection of informationFor all these issues, the SG published its decisions (approval, revision, request for further study) through d...

RECORD - Standing Group

Memoranda of Vice-Admiral R.M. Dick

The two remaining RMD documents are of an administrative nature. They were produced in 1954 in the name of Vice-Admiral Dick, who was SGLO representative at that time. They deal with the annual review and the NATO Defence College.

Standing Group Liaison Office - Vice-Admiral R.M. Dick

Standing Group Liaison Office Memoranda

The SGLO series is divided into three categories.The SGLO documents contain mainly administrative information (personnel management and classified documents).The SGLO-AR-MEMO documents deal mainly with military issues (yearly review of forces and infrastructure).The SGLO-MISC documents deal with administrative issues (the annual report of the Liaison Office among others)

Standing Group Liaison Office

Standing Group Memorandum

Most of the SGMs give instructions for greater effectiveness of actions, reports, studies, inspections and surveys conducted, as well as of participation in meetings, organization of travel and conferences, etc.Some SGMs submit documents received to the service responsible, for approval, revision or further study.Others are memoranda of the International Planning Team (IPT) of the Standing Group or the Logistics and Materials Plannin...

Standing Group Memoranda

Special Committee of Ministers on Infrastructure

The AC/38 chronological series contains the records of the Special Committee of Ministers on Infrastructure. The documents mainly address the funding method for projects in the fourth infrastructure slice and the cost-sharing between the host countries and the countries providing funding.

Special Committee of Ministers on Infrastructure

Working Group in charge of studying the Supervision, Operation and Maintenance of the NATO Pipeline System

The records in the AC/76 series deal with various subjects involving the organization of the NATO pipeline system (status of the bodies in charge of operations; financial aspects related to operating and maintaining the system; the composition, functions and primary duties of the supervising agencies; proposals concerning initial linefills and warehouses, etc).

Working Group in charge of studying the Supervision, Operation and Maintenance of the NATO Pipeline System

Working Group to Examine the United States Proposal for Reorganization of the Civil Emergency Planning Structure

The AC/95 chronological series mainly addresses the terms of reference and composition of the committee that the Working Group was planning to set up. That committee’s responsibilities are therefore detailed, as are the amendments made over time.

Working Group to Examine the United States Proposal for Reorganization of the Civil Emergency Planning Structure

Working Group on Article 2 Survey

The documents of the AC/108 chronological series contain notes and memoranda that review, correct and amend document C-M(56)45. These amendments concern political and economic co-operation between the countries, the public’s knowledge of NATO, and NATO’s cultural activities.

Working Group on Article 2 Survey

Defence Planning - Multilateral Discussions

The documents in the AC/100 series are primarily the records of meetings on topics relating to the military defence of NATO’s territory.Several topics were discussed:A- air defenceB- the organization, dispersal and readiness of air force unitsC- the divisional organization of the land forcesD- the duties and organization of the naval forcesE- new weapons and equipmentF- problems caused by ageing equipment

Defence Planning - Multilateral Discussions

Committee of Technical Advisors

The documents in the AC/110 series contain information on the problem of economic development in the underdeveloped countries and data on the various economic and technical aspects of the Pineau plan (e.g.: proposal to set up an agency for world economic development), as well as information on the position taken by each NATO member nation vis-à-vis the Pineau plan.

Committee of Technical Advisors

Ad Hoc Working Group on Pipelines

The records in the AC/111 series deal with subjects concerning the review of the organization of the NATO Pipeline System in the Central European area. They also contain, among other things, comments by SHAPE on France's proposals, a plan to divide up the central European area into divisions and information on the structure and functioning of the Central Europe Operating Agency.

Ad Hoc Working Group on Pipelines

Working Group to consider further action by NATO in the field of scientific and technical cooperation.

Documents in the AC/123 series report on the preparation of the Working Group's report to the Manpower Planning Committee. They contain the terms of reference of the Working Group, the presentation by the expert of the US and a second note by the US on the tasks of the Working Group.

Working Group to consider further action by NATO in the field of scientific and technical cooperation.

Committee on Africa

The documents in the AC/146 series consist of draft reports by the Committee on Africa. They contain information on events occurring on the African continent, information on the communist penetration of Africa, and data on damaging repercussions for the Alliance countries.

Committee on Africa

North Atlantic Studies Committee

AC/151 series records mainly consist of documents and working papers containing proposals for studies of interest to NATO made by professors, progress reports on NATO fellows and minutes of conferences of teachers of public international law.

North Atlantic Studies Committee

Working Group on Economic Counter-Measures

The AC/202 series records contain information on measures involving civil aviation, the total embargo, partial economic counter-measures, assistance and co-operation between member states and the impact of these economic measures on the member states.

Working Group on Economic Counter-Measures

Relocation Group

Documents in the AC/267 series address the measures taken by the Relocation Group regarding the Conversion of Evere into a Permanent Headquarters, based on the instructions of the Council. The series contains: Documents which discuss building requirements (with respect to additional buildings, modifications and supplementary facilities, and embellishments) including visual representation of proposed works, Decision Sheets noting the ...

Relocation Group

Special Working Group on International Technological Co-operation

Documents in the AC/262 series address the creation and scope of the Special Working Group on International Technological Co-operation. The series contains Notes which outline the first meeting and a list of the possible participants and Working Papers which either served as a basis for discussion on the Terms of Reference agreed upon March 1st, 1967 (C-R(67)10, Item I, paragraph 49) or as Draft reports intended to be presented to th...

Special Working Group on International Technological Co-operation

Senior Communications-Electronics Group

Documents in the AC/260 series address the creation and scope of the Senior Communications-Electronics Group. The series contains Documents, Decision Sheets, Notes, Records and Working Papers detailing the legal, financial and technical aspects of a NATO Satellite Programme.

Senior Communications-Electronics Group

Study Group on the Alliance and the Problem of Oil Supplies

The AC/288 series comprises principally a questionnaire, reports by the two sub-groups, the draft Study Group interim report, various corrigenda and amendments, and the terms of reference, programme of work, discussions and results of meetings of the Study Group.The documents concern the effects of an interruption or reductions in normal supplies on NATO's overall defence capabilities, the militaryand civil requirements for oil neces...

Study Group on the Alliance and the Problem of Oil Supplies

Study Group on Financial Problems Arising from the Stationing of Forces on the Territory of Other NATO Countries

The Study Group collated relevant background data and set out the possible options whereby other members of the Alliance might relieve the US burden, and more specifically bilateral negotiations between the US and Germany.

Study Group on Financial Problems Arising from the Stationing of Forces on the Territory of Other NATO Countries

Ad Hoc Committee on Equipment Interoperability

Documents in the AC/297 chronological series report on Committee's work and its relations with the Council and the five working groups."Documents" (D) are reports (provisional or final) to the Committee from the working groups, or to the Council from the Committee.Notes (N) are organizational in nature. They prepare forthcoming meetings (planning, list of participants, agenda).Records (R) are reports on the regular meetings...

Ad Hoc Committee on Equipment Interoperability

Military Representatives Committee Subject Files

The Military Representatives Committee issued documents including Decisions, Reports, Proposals and Memoranda on a variety of topics, such as the establishment of the Military Representatives Committee, activities of the Standing Group, Medium Term Military Planning and Goals, Naval Control of Commercial Shipping, NATO Military restructuring, NATO Exercise costs, Logistics and Command Organisation.

MRC - Military Committee

Military Representatives Committee Memoranda

The Memoranda Series includes MRC Memoranda created between 1953 and 1957. Many of the documents are reports on military programs, strategy plans or major issues and were sent to or sent from the Military Committee and the North Atlantic Council.

MRM - Military Committee

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