- 1949 - 1966 (Creation)
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This chronological series contains the formal documents produced by the Standing Group (SG). These documents present reports (drafts and final versions), policies, directives and notes prepared by one or more teams, including the SG/MC secretariat and the SG committees and agencies.The documents resulted from the role of the SG and its task of reporting to the North Atlantic Council (NAC) and advising it on questions of: -high strategic management -NATO high commands -NATO military agencies-annual review and related issues.
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The SGs are Documents. They deal with 265 topics related to unified defence in the North Atlantic region (see ISGP-2-52). Each topic was first defined in a basic document. Information was then requested in revised versions of the basic document, and finally actions were proposed in the final version.
Major issues included the creation of an integrated European defence force, the creation of SHAPE, regional defence planning, information security and infrastructure.
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The SG are organized in a decimal subject filing scheme. Their reference is the acronym followed by a topic number and version number (e.g. SG-1/2 for the second version of the first topic).
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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 SG chronological series was issued in English and French.
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For more information, see also the notice on the ISGP.