- 1952 - 1967 (Creation)
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This chronological series contains the messages sent to the secretariat of the Standing Group (SG) by the Standing Group Liaison Office in Paris (SGLO, renamed SGREP after 25 December 1956). The SGLO/SGREP served as the link between the the military authorities based in Washington (the Standing Group - SG, the Military Representatives Committee - MRC, and the Military Committee in Permanent Session - MC/PS) and the Council, committees and International Staff (IS) based in Europe. The Director of the SGLO/SGREP was tasked with informing the military authorities and communicating their points of view to the Council. He therefore needed a thorough knowledge of the SG's positions and had to be able to anticipate potential problems. He achieved this by making frequent trips to Washington, taking part in meetings of the Military Committee in Chiefs of Staff Session (MC/CS) and of the SG in London, then in Paris and at SHAPE, and also by exchanging memoranda and messages.The messages sent by the Director or the secretariat of the SG to the Liaison Office of the SG Representative in Europe were given various names: •SECLON when the Liaison Office was in London (July 1951 to April 1952) •SECPAR (April 1952 to April 1954), then STASEC (April 1954 to October 1967) after the Office was transferred to Paris The replies received from Paris were named PARSEC.
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The PARSEC messages deal with purely administrative matters: preparations for visits, personnel management, equipment, revision and distribution of documents (in particular, the Annual Review of NATO's military requirements). These messages were not usually approved by the SG or the Steering Committee.
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The PARSECs are messages produced by the SG Liaison Office in Paris. Their reference is the acronym followed by a publication number (e.g. PARSEC-1782).
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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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The PARSEC series of documents was issued in English.
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In total, more than 4,500 PARSEC messages were produced. Around 15% (which are of particular interest) have been preserved at the International Military Staff (IMS) Registry and digitized. Only one PARSEC has been declassified and publicly disclosed.