- 1950 - 1965 (Creation)
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The STASEC chronological sub-series contains a type of memorandum sent by the Standing Group (SG). STASECs gave details about SG decisions or recommendations sent to the following addressees. For action, to: -the secretariat of the SG Liaison Office in London, then Paris, -the British, then French Ministry of Defence, For information purposes, to: -the Council Deputies, then the North Atlantic Council (NAC), -the Secretary General, -SACEUR or SHAPE. With the exception of STASECs produced when the SG met in Paris in 1954 and 1955 (reference STASEC(Paris) 1 to 19), all STASEC documents were produced by the SG secretariat in Washintgon.
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Scope and content
The preserved STASECs addressed the following topics:
- organization of NATO high commands, registries in the SG structure and SG agencies
- staff changes and appointments of senior managers (in the SG structure or NATO commands)
- referencing, classification and distribution of SG documents
On the cover page, the SG secretariat gave (in variable order) the originator, the addressee, the double reference (DEF-STASEC) and the date of the document, the reference of (the) previous document(s) mentioned.
The (very short) messages gave the position of the SG (decision, recommendation, suggestion).
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STASEC documents are arranged in numerical order. The message is given a registration number (e.g. DEF-90779) and a reference (the acronym followed by the publication number: e.g. STASEC-818)
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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 STASEC chronological series was issued in English.
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Approximately 15% of the STASECs have been preserved and digitized. The remaining documents were destroyed during the successive moves and at the time of the final transfer to the International Military Staff (IMS) Registry.
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