On occasions when broader acquisition or dissemination of information
is required it is recommended that symposia under TTCP auspices
should be held. Groups (including TPs and AGs) wishing to sponsor
a symposium must obtain prior approval from their Group Executive
Chair who will submit an advance copy of the program to the Group
Counsellor for information. The proceedings, major discussions
and recommendations of the syrnposium will be fully documented
and cleared prior to circulation or publication using appropriate
national security procedures. They should bear TTCP and national
security markings as appropriate.
Membership and Appointments
TTCP operates between governments wherein assurances are provided
that each participating nation receiving information through TTCP
will protect all such material. Such assurances between governments
form the basis of trust inherent in the cooperative program. TTCP
membership is therefore restricted to staff directly employed
by the participating governments. Similarly, officials are eligible
to hold appointments within TTCP only if they are directly employed
by the participating government which they represent.
Where other scientific and technical persons participate in
TTCP in accordance with the provisions of the following section,
it is the responsibility of the government officials, who have
been formally appointed to TTCP membership, to ensure that appropriate
and sufficient security and protective measures are in place to
safeguard the material and guarantee that assurances made between
the participating governments with regard to both the national
security and commercial protection and use of material, information
and intellectual property, as defined in the MOU, are not diminished.
Participation by Non-TTCP Officials
Normally, TTCP meetings and workshops are closed to non-members
of the defense departments of member nations. However, when it
is considered beneficial to TTCP nations to invite experts from
government, academic or industrial organizations, the Subordinate
Elements and their dependent bodies may consider doing so. Such
participation is subject to the Executive Chair obtaining the
prior agreement of the appropriate National Representatives and
to the concurrence of the Deputies.
A TTCP Project Arrangement (PA) provides the formal authorization
for a collaborative project. This formal arrangement is an undertaking
that is 'binding' on the participants. A TTCP PA must be submitted
through the relevant Cognizant Deputy for initial endorsement
and subsequently approved by the NAMRAD Principals. PAs will be
used where the level of participants' interdependence is so great,
and the resource commitment so big, that the withdrawal of resources
of any participant would lead to major losses by the other participants.
The PA requires the relevant authority within each participating
nation (i.e., the one ultimately responsible for those resources
involved in or contributing to a TTCP program) to endorse that
the funding or facility being pledged will be available as and
A PA provides a mechanism to supplement the more common 'best
efforts' undertakings. PAs are intended where collaboration requires
a genuine reliance or interdependence of one participant upon
another. Such an arrangement should not be invoked unless absolutely
necessary to carry out the proposed activity.
The PA format can be found in the Formal Agreements section of the Reference page.