- 1952 - ? (Creation)
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The AC/35 chronological series contains the records of the Security Committee.Further to the recommendations made by the Working Group on Security in NATO(1), the Security Committee was established by the Council on 20 August 1952 (C-R(52)18) in order to provide it with an advisory body to which issues involving NATO security policy could be submitted for a review and preparation of the necessary recommendations. This committee is made up of the representatives of all member nations and it reports directly to the Council. It met for the first time on 10 March 1953. The Security Committee examines problems referred to it by the Council, focusing on matters leading to changes in NATO's security policy. It is assisted by an Office of Security created within the NATO International Staff. This office, which is a standing body, is responsible for the overall coordination of security issues within the Organization. It is its responsibility, among other things, to supervise the operation of the security system on a day-to-day basis, including inspecting national and international civilian organizations, reviewing security matters on an ongoing basis, submitting them to the NATO Security Committee and seeing to the implementation of the Council's security decisions. It keeps the Security Committee informed of the results of its activities, allowing the latter to recommend to the Council such changes in the overall security policy as are deemed necessary.The Security Committee is a standing committee which still sits today.
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The records in the AC/35 series contain drafts and opinions from the members of the Security Committee. They trace the discussions and results of the meetings of the Committee with regard to the security system at NATO. The records in the AC/35 series deal with security arrangements within NATO, the proposed review and implementation thereof, and the plans and inspection reports of the security arrangements put in place in the various NATO nations. Also included are instructions for the handling of classified NATO documents. The AC/35 series also contains the industrial security rules in effect within the NATO nations and proposals for the establishment of central COSMIC registries within the civilian and military departments of the various governments. Also in the series are records on the responsibility for the security of crypto equipment, the administrative arrangements for implementing the agreement between the States Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty for cooperation in the area of ATOMAL information, as well as instructions for the disposal of classified documents, measures providing protection against clandestine wiretapping, security rules and principles governing industry, and the rules for the transmission of classified documents. The AC/35 series also contains records on personnel security clearances, reports on compromised NATO information (e.g. Vassall case in 1964), and information on the protection of diplomatic missions against acts of violence. The Committee is also interested in security measures for the coordinated production of weapons and the security arrangements made to protect classified NATO information and equipment in civilian organizations, on a country-by-country and NATO-wide basis.
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The records in the AC/35 series circulated by the Security Committee are arranged by type - Agenda (A); Document (D), Note (N), Record/Summary Record (R) and for 1971, Decision Sheet (DS), Working Paper (WP), and then by year and number. However, the year is not mentioned for the agendas issued between 1952 and 1964, for the notes issued between 1965 and 1967, and for the working papers produced in 1956, 1960, 1964-1967 and 1969.
A single memorandum (under reference M) is mentioned for 1958.
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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 documents of the chronological series were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French).
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(1) See the series under reference AC/6.
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