- 1951 - 1952 (Creation)
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The AC/6 chronological series contains the records of the Working Group on Security in NATO.This group was established on 11 June 1951 by the North Atlantic Council's Deputies (D-R(51)46). Its task was to examine a proposed revision of the security system at NATO contained in document DC 2/7, and to report back to the Council Deputies on the subject.The Working Group on Security in NATO discussed the document in question at its meetings from July to November 1951. In its report dated 12 March 1952, the Group presented its final recommendations on the organization of security at NATO. At their meeting on 19 March, 1952, the Council Deputies approved the above report, and asked the Group to report on the possibility of establishing a European Security Committee.The Working Group discussed this topic over four sessions. At its meeting on 19 May 1952, it set up an editorial committee responsible for developing a proposal to create a European security service. The object of the proposal to revise the security system at NATO proposed in the Working Group Chairman's report dated 25 July 1952 was to implement the two fundamental principles on which the Working Group had agreed. The following recommendations were made: 1) establishment of a NATO Security Committee(1) on which all member nations should be represented, which would be responsible for submitting recommendations to the Council on matters likely to change NATO's security policy;2) establishment of a permanent Security Office within the International Staff responsible for coordinating the security system as a whole at NATO.The Council approved this report at its meeting on 20 August 1952. In July 1952, since its work was now complete, the Working Group on Security in NATO was disbanded.
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The AC/6 series consists of records related to the revision of the security system at NATO. It includes drafts and opinions from the members of the Working Group on Security in NATO. It also traces the discussions and results of the meetings of this group devoted to the security system at NATO.
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The records in the AC/6 series are assembled by type - Document (D), Note (N), Record and Summary record (R) and for 1971, Decision Sheet (DS), and then by year and number. However, the year is not mentioned for the 1952 notes.
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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 documents of the chronological series were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French).
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(1) See the series under reference AC/35.