Security Committee

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Security Committee

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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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