Series AC/262 - Special Working Group on International Technological Co-operation

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Special Working Group on International Technological Co-operation


  • 1967 - 1968 (Creation)

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The AC/262 chronological series contain the documents of the Ad Hoc Special Working group on International Technological Co-operation.On 5th October, 1966, an Italian proposal entitled “Europe’s Technological Gap and the Desirability of an Internation Collaboration for a “New Drive”” was presented to the Council (PO/66/460). This proposal acknowledged the need to promote scientific research and the exchange of information in a time of rapid technological growth. The working group was set up by the Council on March 1st, 1967 (C-R(67)10, Item I, paragraph 49). The Chairman noted in PO/67/103, based on preliminary discussion, it was agreed that NATO had a role to play in promoting technological co-operation among its members and a special working group was proposed to assist the Council in studying the Italian ideas further. The Italian Foreign Minister, Mr. A. Fanfani, opened the discussion citing the need to address the scientific, economic and politcal aspects of the widening technological gap between the United States and Europe.Based on the resulting discussion, the Council decided to create the Special Working Group to study the procedure which might be followed for the further examination and implementation of the Italian proposals. The amended draft Terms of Reference contained four main points.Prior to the first meeting, held on 20 April, 1967, the Terms of reference were further examined and defined to serve as a useful base for discussion. Point (a) defined the nature of problems to be faced with respect to disparities in economic and technological development and point (b) defined the requirement to report the progress being made on the consideration of issues by other concerned organsations; such as the OECD and the European Space Conference (see AC/262-WP/2). Point (c) outlined the efforts to be made at a National level, European level and the co-operation on a wider basis, in particular between Europe and the United States (see AC/262-WP/3). Point (d) discussed the area of work which may be properly done within NATO, and cited possible developments in sectors of defence technology (specifically New Materials, Defence Electronics, Oceanography, Energy Storage and Conversion, and Computer Science).On 5 May 1967, the committee developed a Draft Report to Council, based on the 20th April meeting (see AC/262-WP/5), concluding with a draft resolution on International Technological Co-operation brought to the Council 25th May, 1967 (see CM(67)31).A final draft report from the Working group (see AC/262-WP/6-REV(1)), which took into account the views expressed at the meeting on 28th November, 1967, included both General considerations and Consideration by Sectors, and proposed a formal decision for the the draft report submitted to Ministers (C-M(67)76). The Ministers, at their Session 14th December, 1967, approved the report, and additionally recommended that the Working Group now be disbanded. On 29th March, 1968 the Special Working Group on International Technological Co-operation was disbanded. Approproate bodies indicated to pursue a number of studies discussed by AC/262 were the Science Committee, the Defence Research Group and AGARD.

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Documents in the AC/262 series address the creation and scope of the Special Working Group on International Technological Co-operation. The series contains Notes which outline the first meeting and a list of the possible participants and Working Papers which either served as a basis for discussion on the Terms of Reference agreed upon March 1st, 1967 (C-R(67)10, Item I, paragraph 49) or as Draft reports intended to be presented to the Council.

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The documents are arranged by type - Note (N) and Working Paper (WP).

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The records were circulated in NATO’s two official languages, English and French.

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The chronological document series produced by the Special Working Group on International Technological Co-operation was initially created and stored on paper. The documents were subsequently microfilmed and then digitized, and the originals were destroyed.

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