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

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


  • 1960 - 1961 (Creation)

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The TYP chronological series contains the records on the Ten Years Plans. During the Ministerial Session held on December 1959, the United States Secretary of State C. A. Herter proposed that NATO start a long-range planning for the 1960’s. This plan should address the various aspects of national political, programmes (tactics in dealing with the Soviet bloc, public information to promote support for NATO Policies), military (balanced forces) and arms control, programmes, scientific and economic programmes as they concerned NATO (increase of the European contribution to NATO’s defence and aid to the less-developed areas to avoid spread of communism) (see C-R(59)44).On 6 July 1960 Secretary General P-H Spaak proposed a list of first thoughts on the Ten Years Plans including the following items: political consultation, military, economic, information and science problems to be discussed at the next Ministerial Meeting of December 1960 (see PO(60)775). Comments were received from the US, Belgium and Germany as contributions for the discussions of the Permanent Representatives (see TYP/US(60)1, TYP/G(60)1 and TYP/B(60)1). These discussions led to the submission of a progress report to the Council at the December 1960 Ministerial Session (see C-M(60)111). After consultation with Ministers, Delegations sent new recommendations which were taken into account in TYP(61)1. A report on the future procedure for the long-term planning and memoranda on NATO Strategy and nuclear weapons, political consultation, civil emergency planning, competence and objectives of NATO in the economic field and Psychological action was circulated by the Secretary General to the Delegations (see TYP(61)5 and TYP(61)15). The purpose of this report was to prepare the Long-Term Planning Report to Ministers for the Oslo meeting on 9 May 1961 (see C-M(61)30-PART 1, 2, 3 and 4).

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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.

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The chronological document series created by Ten Years Plans is arranged by year and then by sequence number (from TYP(60)01 to TYP(61)16)) or by year, country and sequence number (i.e. TYP/UK(61)1).

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Most of records were circulated in NATO’s two official languages, English and French.

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