Fredrick Aandahl supervised the planning and compilation of this volume. William Z. Slany succeeded him as editor in 1975 and directed the process of review, declassification, and final editing.
David H. Stauffer and John A. Bernbaum prepared the sections on development of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and financial assistance for defense of Western Europe. Mr. Stauffer and Mr. Slany prepared the section on the tour of capitals by the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Lisle A. Rose compiled the documents on development of the NATO command structure, and Mr. Bernbaum those on the seventh and eighth meetings of the North Atlantic Council. Mr. Slany edited the materials on the attitude of the United States toward the conference for the organization of a European defense community. Charles S. Sampson prepared the sections on meetings at Bonn, discussions concerning a possible convening of the Council of Foreign Ministers, meetings of the American, French, and British foreign ministers at Washington, Paris, and Rome, and the entire compilation on the German question. The technical editing of the volume was done by the Publishing and Reproduction Division under the direction of Paul M. Washington and the immediate supervision of Anne K. Pond. Francis C. Prescott prepared the index.
The editors acknowledge with appreciation the assistance provided them by the historians of the Department of Defense, including those of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They are also grateful for the cooperation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the Central Intelligence Agency, all of which facilitated declassification of papers for release in this volume. Thanks are also due to those foreign governments that kindly granted permission for publication of certain of their documents.
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