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State Department Disarmament Document of 1962 Proves Prophetic

  • Current events encouraged a patriot to dust off and re-examine a September 1961 State Department document proposing a plan for dismantling American national sovereignty. On March 1, 1962 Sen. Joseph Clark (D-Pa.) Declared this document to be " the fixed and determined policy of the executive arm of the U.S. Government."
By Angie Carlson

Department of State Document 7277 is the United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World: Freedom From War.

The directives document "a Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World.' The program "provides for the progressive reduction of the war-making capabilities of nations and the simultaneous strengthening of international institutions to settle disputes and to maintain the peace."

It details "the measures which...should be taken in order to bring about a world in which there will be freedom from war and security for all states in the world." The program is based upon three principles.


1. The disbanding of all national armed forces and the prohibition of their re-establishment in any form, except those required to preserve internal order and for contributions to a United Nations Peace Force;

2. The elimination from national arsenals of all armaments, including all weapons of mass destruction and the means for their delivery, other than those required for a United Nations Peace Force and for maintaining internal order.
3. The institution of effective means for the enforcement of international agreements, for the settlement of disputes and for the maintenance with the principles of the Untied Nations; and

4. The establishment and effective operation of an International Disarmament Organization within the framework of the United Nations to insure compliance at all times with all disarmament obligations.

Accordingly, the disarmament states were established, in order to do away with the sovereign state and its individual security; the nuclear threat would be reduced; strategic delivery vehicles would be reduced; arms and armed forces would be reduced, especially those of the United States and of the Soviet Union.

Peaceful use of outer space would be promoted; UN peace-keeping powers would be strengthened; an International Disarmament Organization would be established for effective verification of the disarmament program.

Nations would be committed to other measures to reduce international tension and to protect against the chance of war by accident, miscalculation, or surprise attack.


1. Further substantial reductions in the armed forces, armaments and military establishments of states, including strategic nuclear weapons delivery vehicles and countering weapons;

2. Further development of methods for the peaceful, settlement of disputes under the United Nations;

3. Establishment of a permanent international peace force within the United Nations;

4. A halt in the production of chemical, bacteriological and radiological weapons and a reduction of existing stocks or their conversion to peaceful uses;

5. A reduction of stocks of nuclear weapons;

6. The dismantling or the conversion to peaceful uses of certain military bases and facilities wherever located; and

7. The strengthening and enlargement of the International Disarmament Organization to enable it to verify the steps taken in Stage II and to determine the transition to Stage III.


In Stage III, progressive controlled disarmament and continuously developing principles and procedures of international law would proceed to a point where no state would have the military power to challenge the progressively strengthened UN Peace Force and all international disputes would be settled according to the agreed principles of international conduct:

1. Nations would retain only those forces, non-nuclear armaments and establishments required for the purpose of maintaining internal order; they would also support and provide agreed manpower for a UN Peace Force;

2. The UN Peace Force, equipped with agreed types and quantities of armaments, would be fully functioning;

3. The manufacture of armaments would be prohibited except for those of agreed types and quantities to be used by the UN Peace Force and those required to maintain internal order. All other armaments would be destroyed or converted to peaceful purposed;

4. The peace keeping capabilities of the United Nations would be sufficiently strong and the obligations of all states under such arrangements sufficiently far-reaching as to assure peace and the just settlement of differences in a disarmed world.