It is the sum total of all elements of security policy applied by every person to his individual and official actions, regardless of position or grade, which results in adequate security of classified information and the military operations and other activities to which it pertains. Persons who sn or otherwise approve classified documents are responsible for insuring that the classification assned is the correct one and that the proposed distribution is necessary and authorized. Nonregistered SECRET and CONFIDENTIAL material may be stored in the same manner as TOP SECRET material or in steel file cabinet equipped with a steel lockbar and an approved three-position combination dial-type padlock. Unauthorized persons will not be permitted to possess the combination or keys to storage containers or have access to classified information in storage. Persons who have custody of classified material are required to accomplish the necessary inspections within their respective areas to insure that all procedural safeguards prescribed in AFR 205-1 are taken to protect such material at all times. When destruction of classified matter is authorized it must be destroyed by burning, except as indicated below. When authorized by a commander under conditions prescribed in AFR 205-1, classified documents may be destroyed by reduction to pulp. AFR 205-1 contains detailed instructions regarding the destruction of classified equipment or other materiel and the destruction of any classified material In the event of all emergency. Strict rules are prescribed in AFR 205-1 concerning the removal of classified matter by individuals to perform work at their places of residence, for use during visits to other stations, or for other similar purposes. All classified material held by individuals must be returned to their respective offices or units prior to retirement, separation from the service or civilian employment change of duty assnment or revision to inactive status. In general, TOP SECRET material is dispatched from a headquarters through TOP SECRET control channels by specifiy desnated and cleared commissioned or warrant officers or key civilian employees; it is never transmitted by mail channels. CONFIDENTIAL material is transmitted in the same manner as SECRET matter. Additional instructions are contained in AFR 205-1 regarding the selection of methods of transmitting registered documents and registered cryptomaterial, transmitting classified matter outside the United States, the shipment of classified equipment and other materiel, and the transmission of classified information by electrical means. Whenever individuals are selected to act as couriers or messengers for the transmission of classified matter, transmitting authority will insure that such individuals are given proper instructions as to the security and delivery of the material. The following rules are selected from AFR 205-1 as having general application to all military personnel and civilian employees: a. Before discussing, or permitting access to, classified information, the intended recipients must be completely and indisputably identified. When classified information is discussed with persons who are subject to military law or employed in the Executive branch of the Federal Government, such person will be informed of its classification. Discussion of classified information over the telephone is prohibited. Official correspondence containing classified information intended for delivery to a specific individual in an office will be addressed in the proper manner to the head of the office or commander of the headquarters and marked for the attention of the individual in order to preclude the possibility of classified matter being forwarded through unauthorized channels or being disclosed to unauthorized persons in event of transfer, death, or other change in personnel status. The requirements of AFR 205-1 are in accord with the provisions of Executive Order 10501, "Safeguarding Official Information in the Interests of the Defense of the United States," dated 5 November 1953, contained in AFBul 23, 1953. Classify - To assn information to one of the three authorized defense classification categories, "TOP SECRET," "SECRET," and "CONFIDENTIAL," after determining that the information requires protection as classified information. Classified Matter (Material) - Classified information in any form or of any nature, including documents, products, or substances on or in which classified information is recorded or embodied. TOP SECRET Classification for defense information, the defense aspect of which is paramount, and the unauthorized disclosure of which could result in exceptionally grave damage to the Nation. SECRET Classification for defense information, and the unauthorized disclosure of which could result in serious damage to the Nation. CONFIDENTIAL - Classification for defense information, the unauthorized disclosure of which could be prejudicial to the defense interests of the Nation. It is essential that official matter be examined and evaluated by proper authority, and, if safeguarding is necessary in the interests of the defense of the United States, classified in accordance with the degree of protection necessary for its security. Military publications used for training purposes in connection with tactics and ques or as guides for servicing and repairing important materiel, such as radar equipment or aircraft engines, are examples of documents which may contain classified information and be given comparatively wide dissemination within the Air Force. In accordance with Executive Order 10501, the Secretary of the Air Force, as the head of a department within the Executive Branch, has ultimate responsibility for the safeguarding of classified information within the Air Force. Classified information may not be discussed either in public or in private with or in the presence or hearing of unauthorized persons, and the latter may not be permitted to inspect or have access to such information. The individual who has possession, knowledge, or command control of the information will not disclose it or permit access thereto, however, unless he is authorized to do so pursuant to the provisions of AFR 205-1. A record is kept by the orinator and recipient of each TOP SECRET document of all individuals who are afforded access to information contained in the document. Classified information may not be released or disseminated outside the Air Force to the following persons or activities except in accordance with the policy and procedures promulgated in AFR 205-1: Private individuals, firms, corporations, and organizations, including contractors of the military departments; State agencies; Federal agencies, including other agencies of the Department of Defense, other departments and agencies of the Executive Branch, and agencies of the Legislative and Judicial Branches; and foren governments and individual foren nationals. Within a headquarters, as a general rule, the office which orinates, develops, or otherwise has the primary interest in any information determines the classification required therefor, if any. AFR-205-1 names the persons in the Air Force, by position, who are authorized to classify information orinally as TOP SECRET and as SECRET. The latter individual will take further action as prescribed in AFR 205-1 to afford proper protection for the plans, operations, projects, or other activities which may be affected, and to insure that. Violations of or failure to observe the provisions of security regulations be treated under disciplinary procedures authorized by law and prescribed in applicable regulations.
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