- 1950 - 1966 (Creation)
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The STAND chronological sub-series contains messages sent by the Standing Group (SG) via its secretariat. The STAND documents are messages concerning high-level policies, addressed to the NATO commands, the representative of the SG Liaison Office in London and then Paris, the SG agencies and national Defence Ministries. STAND documents were always approved by the SG or the Steering Committee (SG/SC). After 1954, all messages sent by the SG concerning a policy were STAND documents. Many STAND documents were replies to messages from the SG Liaison Office (LOSTAN and LOM). The SG received two kinds of messages in reply to STAND documents: -from SACEUR or SHAPE - these were known as SHAPTO -from SACLANT - these were known as LANTO
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STAND documents are mainly of an administrative nature and were produced from 1950 to 1966. STAND messages dealt with policy. Their purpose was to communicate:
- SG decisions
- SG directives
- SG instructions
- SG requests for information
to the following recipients:
- NATO Commands
- SG Liaison Office
- SG agencies
- national Defence Ministries.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
STAND messages are arranged in numerical order. Their reference is the acronym followed by a publication number (e.g. STAND-152).
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Conditions governing access
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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STAND documents were issued in English and, exceptionally, in French.
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For more information, see also the notices of LOSTAN and LOM.