- 1958 (Creation)
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The Standing Group (hereinafter referred to as the SG) had an internal structure of technical and consultative committees (see SGM-1702-53). The International Planning Team (IPT) was one of these. Under its terms of reference, established on 11 March 1957 (SGWM-175-57), the IPT consisted of three national teams, one for each nation represented in the SG (France, the United Kingdom and the United States). Each national team was in turn divided into three cells. The functions of each cell were determined by their nation. Their field of activity was always the same. The IPT's mission was to study and present proposals to the SG on a wide range of military issues (strategy, defence planning, force assessment, yearly review, training) and also administrative issues (organization of SG agencies, personnel management, etc).The IPT worked under the instructions of the SG (communicated by the SG secretariat in the form of a directive). This directive was first discussed by the secretariat and the delegations of the three IPT nations. It was then passed to one of these nations. The subject of study could be dealt with permanently or on a case-by-case basis. When appropriate, the IPT could consult the Military Representatives Committee (MRC) and work together with other technical or consultative committees of the SG. The IPT could suggest a new subject of study to the Steering Committee or the Standing Group. It reported to the SG and also kept the SG secretariat and the MRC informed. It met at the level of national representatives about once a week, usually at the SG headquarters. IPT meetings were attended by the Chairman (French, British or American by turns), three representatives (one for each IPT nation), military personnel invited for the specific subject under discussion (often from the MRC) and the IPT Secretary. Following reorganization, approved in 1963 and implemented in 1964, apart from the Standing Group and its three working teams, all the subordinate groups (including the IPT) were opened up to the other NATO member nations (see MC 2/2-final and MCM-114-63). The Standing Group and all its subordinate groups (including the IPT) were abolished in July 1966 after France decided to leave the integrated military structure (see MCM-90-66(REV) and GF(66)D-27).
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D/SECY(IPT) documents are the memoranda sent by Mr H.V. Fraser, a British Colonel and IPT Deputy Secretary. They are addressed to the SG.
The information provided is of a military nature: assessments of minimum force requirements for the period 1958-1963 and, more specifically, follow-up to MC/70 on this subject.
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D/SECY(IPT) documents are arranged in chronological order. They have a reference followed by a number and the year (e.g. D/SECY(IPT)-39-58).
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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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D/SECY(IPT) documents were issued in English and, exceptionally, in French.
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Not all D/SECY(IPT) documents have been preserved. About a quarter of them were destroyed by the IPT Deputy Secretary and then at the time of the transfer to the International Military Staff (IMS) Registry.
The remaining documents were subsequently digitized.