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NATO


Digital Sources

This website features a variety of otherwise unpublished sources on European security and defense policy, international organizations, and the transnational peace movements of the 1970s and 1980s. 

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NATO


Digital Sources

This website features a variety of otherwise unpublished sources on European security and defense policy, international organizations, and the transnational peace movements of the 1970s and 1980s. 

NATO

Historical Documents

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, founded 4 April 1949, established a collective defense alliance binding the military power of the United States to the defense of Canada and Western Europe. 

North Atlantic Treaty

4 April 1949

Includes the text of the North Atlantic Treaty (aka the Washington Treaty) for the original twelve members and the accession protocols for the sixteen members who later joined 

 

 

Committee of Three

13 December 1956

Selected documents of the Committee of Three on Non-Military Cooperation

 

Harmel Report

14 December 1967

Full reports by the rapporteurs on the Future Tasks of the Alliance


Strategic Concepts and Strategy Documents

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NATO's Military Committee (MC) began drawing up a strategic concept for the alliance in the autumn of 1949. Dr. Gregory Pedlow, chief of the Historical Office for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, has written an overview on the evolution of NATO's strategy in the first twenty years after its establishment. 

MC 3

19 October 1949

The Strategic Concept for Defense of the North Atlantic Area


MC 3/1

19 November 1949

The Strategic Concept for Defense of the North Atlantic Area


MC 3/2

28 November 1949

The Strategic Concept for Defense of the North Atlantic Area


DC 6

29 November 1949

The Strategic Concept for Defense of the North Atlantic Area


DC 6/1

1 December 1949

The Strategic Concept for Defense of the North Atlantic Area


DC 6/2

16 January 1950

The Strategic Concept for Defense of the North Atlantic Area


MC 3/3

28 March 1950

Portuguese objection to paragraph 8g of the Strategic Concept (DC 6/1)


MC 3/4

28 March 1950

French proposal to amend DC 6/1 regarding certain lines of communication

 

MC 14

28 March 1950

Strategic Guidance for the North Atlantic Regional Planning


DC 13

28 March 1950 

(decision 1 April 1950)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medium Term Plan


DC 6/3

1 April 1950

Portuguese objection to paragraph 8g of the Strategic Concept


DC 6/4

24 May 1950

Portuguese objection to paragraph 8g of the Strategic Concept (DC 6/1)


MC 3/5

3 December 1952

The Strategic Concept for the Defense of the North Atlantic Area


MC 14/1

9 December 1952

Strategic Guidance [supersedes DC 13 and MC 14]


MC 48

22 November 1954

The Most Effective Pattern of NATO Military Strength for the Next Few Years


MC 48/1

9 December 1955

The Most Effective Pattern of NATO Military Strength for the Next Few Years


C-M(56)138 

13 December 1956

Directive to the NATO Military Authorities from the North Atlantic Council

 

MC 14/2 (Rev.)

23 May 1957

Overall Strategic Concept for the Defense of the NATO Area


MC 48/2 (Final Decision)

23 May 1957

Measures to Implement the Strategic Concept


DPC/D(67)23

11 May 1967

Decisions of Defence Planning Committee in Ministerial Session


MC 14/3

16 January 1968

Overall Strategic Concept for the Defense of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Area


MC 48/3

8 December 1969

Measures to Implement the Strategic Concept for the Defence of the NATO Area


Strategic Concept 

8 November 1991 

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Defense Doctrines


Defense Doctrines


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