C4.8. FOREIGN GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
C4.8.1. Policy and Procedures. Within the Department of
Defense, every effort must be made to ensure that foreign government
information is not subject to downgrading or declassification without the
prior consent of the originating government. Foreign government information
may exist in two forms:
C22.214.171.124. Foreign government information may take the form
of foreign documents in the possession of the Department of Defense. If
these documents constitute permanently valuable records of the U.S.
Government and are subject to the 25-year automatic declassification rule,
declassification officials shall consult with the originating foreign
government to determine whether it consents to declassification. If the
originating foreign government does not consent, the records shall be
processed for exemption from automatic declassification in accordance with
C4.3.2., above. The Agency head shall determine whether exemption
categories 6, 9, or both should be applied.
C126.96.36.199. Foreign government classified information may also
be included within a DoD document. Such documents shall be marked with
declassification instructions consistent with subparagraph
C188.8.131.52.2. of this Regulation, below. If these documents are
permanently valuable records of the U.S. Government and are subject to the
25-year automatic declassification rule, the provisions of subparagraph
C184.108.40.206., above, apply.
C4.8.2. Communications with Foreign Governments. DoD officials
may consult directly with foreign governments regarding downgrading or
declassification of foreign government information or seek assistance from
the Department of State. In either case, DoD officials should first consult
with the Office of the Deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy
Support) for assistance and guidance.