During the month of February 1951, the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and Armed Services conducted joint hearings concerning the question of the stationing of United States troops in Europe. These proceedings dealt in part with the general national security of the United States. For the text of the statement delivered by Secretary of State Acheson on February 16, see Assignment of Ground Forces of the United States to Duty in the European Area: Hearings before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate (82d Cong., 1st sess.), pages 77–86, or Department of State Bulletin, February 26, 1951, pages 323–327. Other Administration witnesses included the Secretary of Defense and the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.