- 1949 - 1959 (Creation)
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A Military Committee Memorandum, MCM is a document in which the Military Committee issues views, guidance, requests, advice or instructions for immediate or near term use. It remains extant until the issue under consideration has been resolved or superseded. It is the appropriate correspondence for the Military Committee to conduct business with the Secretary General, except on long term policy matters. MCMs are approved by the Military Committee only and no “Final Decision” procedure is applicable.The reorganization of the Military Committee in 1958 resulted in the discontinuance of the separately maintained series of Military Representatives Committee Memoranda (MRM) and the Military Committee in Permanent Session (MC/PS). These were incorporated into the ongoing series of Military Committee Memoranda (MCM). The consequence was that the number of MCM leaped from just 23 MCM in 1957 to 208 in 1958.
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Scope and content
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.
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System of arrangement
The Documents are organized by date of creation. Each file begins with MCM followed by a number representing the order of creation, followed by the year. The first file is organized as MCM-8-1949 and continues sequentially as each document was created. If there was a revision, the document number would be followed by the word Revision in parentheses on the document itself.
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Conditions governing access
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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Although all documents produced should have an official French and English version, not all of the translations were recovered and some documents may only be available in one language. Overall there are 449 English documents and 229 French documents.
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Almost all (670 out of 678) of the MCMs were downgraded to NATO UNCLASSIFIED and authorized for public disclosure.