- 1951 - 1952 (Creation)
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The SCS chronological series contains the records of the Screening and Costing Staff of the Temporary Council Committee.
Set up as the Screening and Costing Committee (SCC) on 12 October 1951 by the Executive Board of the Temporary Council Committee, this body was tasked with making recommendations on the cost-cutting measures likely to reduce the cost of establishing and maintaining military forces. Its goal, then, was to identify the lowest costs possible in the interests of cost-cutting. Its studies dealt primarily with the cost of the Army and defence (TCC-D/2 and TCC D/4).
On 26 October 1951, the Temporary Council Committee decided that the Screening and Costing Committee would henceforth be referred to as the Screening and Costing Staff (SCS), and that all references to the Screening and Costing Committee in documents would be deemed to refer to the Screening and Costing Staff (TCC-R/6).
The Screening and Costing Staff was disbanded at the same time as the Temporary Council Committee in February 1952.
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The records in the SCS chronological series contain reports, memoranda and proposals made to the Temporary Council Committee by the Screening and Costing Staff. The series also contains suggestions by the member nations to the Executive Board.
The reports by the Screening and Costing Staff deal with the cost of the armed forces in general and the situation in West Germany in particular, equipment requirements, defence costs in general and for each nation, as well as standardization and specific aspects of the manufacturing programme.
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The documents are arranged by type - Document (D), Record/Summary Record (R), Verbatim Report (VR) and Working Paper (WP), and then by number.
The records issued up to 27 October 1951 may be consulted under the reference SCC.
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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 records were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French).