C22.214.171.124. Classified documents and other material shall be
retained within DoD organizations only if they are required for effective
and efficient operation of the organization or if their retention is
required by law or regulation. Documents that are no longer required for
operational purposes shall be disposed of in accordance with the
provisions of the Federal Records Act (44 U.S.C. Chapters 21, 31 and 33,
(p)) and appropriate implementing directives and records schedules.
Material that has been identified for destruction shall continue to be
protected, as appropriate, for its classification until it is actually
destroyed. Destruction of classified documents and material shall be
accomplished by means that eliminate risk of reconstruction of the
classified information they contain.
C126.96.36.199. Heads of the DoD Components shall ensure that
management of retention of classified material is included in oversight
and evaluation of program effectiveness. Each activity with classified
holdings should establish at least one day each year when specific
attention and effort is focused on disposition of unneeded classified
material ("clean-out day").
C6.7.2. Methods and Standards
C188.8.131.52. Classified information identified for destruction
shall be destroyed completely to preclude recognition or reconstruction of
the classified information in accordance with procedures and methods
prescribed by the Head of the DoD Component or their designee. Methods and
equipment used to routinely destroy classified information include
burning, cross-cut shredding, wet-pulping, mutilation, chemical
decomposition or pulverizing.
C184.108.40.206. Technical guidance concerning appropriate methods,
equipment, and standards for the destruction of classified electronic
media, processing equipment components, and the like may be obtained by
contacting the Directorate for Information Systems Security, National
Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD 20755. Specifications concerning
appropriate equipment and standards for destruction of other storage media
may be obtained from the General Services