- 1958 - 1963 (Creation)
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The AC/137(DR) chronological series contains the records of the Science Committee Defence Research Directors. The idea of setting up a working group for the national directors of scientific research on defence to express their opinions on ways of enhancing the effectiveness of research in the Alliance countries was first proposed in October 1958. The first informal meeting was held on 1-2 December 1958, following which it was decided that one meeting would be held per year. The last meeting was held on 21-22 November 1963, after which the Subcommittee of Defence Research Directors turned into the Committee of Defence Research Directors (see the AC/243 series).
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The AC/137(DR) chronological series contains documents on defence research and ways of enhancing the effectiveness of the solutions available.
These documents have two references, AC/137(DR) and AC/74(DR), to indicate the twofold commitment to defence and to research.
At the first meeting, the following research topics were suggested: ground- and sea-based equipment, hydrodynamics, applied research, fundamental research and operational research. Other topics such as machine translation and energy conversion were subsequently addressed.
The Subcommittee focused in particular on enhancing the effectiveness of defence research, improving the use of military equipment,
co-operation on research and the exchange of intelligence, exchanges of scholars doing research into defence, the training of researchers and logistics production.
As part of the research into co-operation between scientific, administrative and military personnel on setting military and strategic policy,
a questionnaire (see AC/137(DR)D/1) was sent out to the Alliance countries as a basis for discussion. It consisted of a single point: “Describe your country’s procedure for developing military and strategic policy.” The replies from eleven countries (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States) have been kept.
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The documents are arranged by type - Document (D), Note (N), Record/Summary Record (R) and Working Paper (WP) - and then by number.
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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 records were circulated in NATO’s two official languages, English and French.