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TITLE:  DoD Directive 5100.55, "United States Security Authority for North Atlantic Treaty Organization Affairs", 04/21/1982

SUMMARY: This Directive: 1. Reissues DoD Directive 5100.55, August 26, 1978 to update policies and procedures for the United States Security Authority for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) affairs (USSAN); transfers delegated authority form the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy); deletes all references to the Central Treaty Organization 9CENTO); and cancels DoD Instruction C-5210.21, December 17, 1973. 2. Outlines the method to use in transmitting NATO policies and procedures within the Department of Defense, and assigns responsibilities for maintaining NATO security worldwide. 3. Authorizes the reissuance of the following enclosures: a. Secretary of Defense instructions (enclosure 1) to heads of executive departments and agencies of the government, outlining their responsibilities and those of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) with regard to matters of NATO security policies and procedures. b. terms of Reference (attachment 1 to enclosure 1), designating the Secretary of Defense as the USSAN representing the U.S. Government. c. USSAN Instruction 1-69 (enclosure 2), a CONFIDENTIAL document distributed separately to all DoD Components and federal agencies requiring access to NATO classified information.

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OPR:  USD(P), 703-695-5136