MDR various Nike-X film records

Joseph Durso filed this request with the National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access of the United States of America.
Tracking #

RD 61419

Due Nov. 29, 2019
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Joseph Durso


This is a request for Mandatory Declassification Review pursuant to Executive Order 13526 (and, should it apply, 10 CFR § 1045) of the following motion picture/video records:

1. Record Group 111, Series ABM, Item 15, "Nike Zeus-Nike-X Report of Progress;1 July 1963"
2. Record Group 111, Series ABM, Item 21, "Nike Zeus-Nike-X Report of Progress; 1 OCTOBER 1966"
3. Record Group 111, Series ABM, Item 22, "Nike Zeus-Nike-X Report of Progress; 1 APRIL 1967"
4. Record Group 111, Series FFM, Item 534, "NIKE X REPORT OF PROGRESS OCTOBER 1 1964"

This request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

Thanks as always for your assistance with this.


Joseph Durso

From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

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From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear Mr. Durso,

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of May 14,
2019 for records in the custody of the National Archives and Records
Administration. Your request was received in this office on May 17, 2019,
and assigned FOIA case number RD 61419. You requested access to four
specific films from the holdings of the National Archives under the
Mandatory Declassification Review (pursuant to Executive Order 13526):

111 ABM 15

111 ABM 21

111 ABM 22

111 FFM 534

The Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch of the National Archives (NARA)
has searched the records in our custody, and has verified that your
citations are correct and that we hold these four film titles. The titles
are security-classified and are exempt from release under the FOIA (b)(1)
exemption. Our records indicate that originating agency declassification
review has not yet been conducted on these records. The originating agency
in this case is the U.S. Army. We are referring your request to the
National Declassification Center, which will directly coordinate the
process of review with the U.S. Army, and any other appropriate agency
equities that are identified in the records. The National Declassification
Center will follow up with you directly regarding updates to your case.

As you have cited in your request, we are treating your request as a
Mandatory Declassification Review as opposed to a Freedom of Information
Act Request.

We do not consider this response a denial under the Freedom of Information
Act. However, if you are not satisfied with our action on this request,
your options for appeal and dispute resolution are outlined in the attached
enclosure. You may appeal, in writing, within 90 days of the date of
this letter.
Address your appeal to the Deputy Archivist of the United States, National
Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland, 20740,
and explain why you think our search does not meet the requirements of the
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Please contact me with any additional questions regarding your request.

With Best Regards,
Dan Rooney

Daniel Rooney, Supervisory Archivist
Special Media Archives Services Division (RDSM)
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740
Office: 301-837-1995 <(301)%20837-1995>
Mobile: 301-974-7657 <(301)%20974-7657>

From: Joseph Durso

Mr. Rooney,

Thank you for your assistance with this. I will look forward to hearing from the National Declassification

All the best,

Joseph Durso

From: Joseph Durso

Greetings NDC staff,

I am just writing to briefly follow up on my MDR request regarding a couple of Record Group 111 anti-ballistic missile system motion picture records, which I placed May 17, 2019. It had been assigned case number RD 61419. I was told the request had been referred over to the NDC, and that you would be the ones who would contact me regarding the status of this request moving forward.

I understand we're under the 1 year mark on this request, and I fully anticipate a wait. This is my first MDR request with your agency, so is there any possibility you and provide a sense of how long the backlog is running, if not an estimated completion date? Have I reached out to the correct contact?

Thanks so much,

Joseph Durso

From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Mr. Durso,

This is a response to your question about your MDR request NW 61419 for 4

Your case remains in our complex queue to be worked for MDR. As it is a
request for special Media it will take some time. We hope to have the case
mailed out within the next 3-4 months and then once it goes out for
declassification review, we are at the mercy of the agencies to get back to

For ease of following up, is there a physical mailing address where we can
send formal correspondence.

I look forward to hearing from you and please let me know if you have any

David Fort
National Archives and Records Administration
Deputy Director of the FOIA/MDR Division

From: Joseph Durso

Mr. Fort,

Thank you for getting back to me regarding MDR request NW 61419. Your insight is appreciated.

To answer your question, the best physical address for formal correspondence is:

MuckRock News DEPT MR 73175
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Sorry for the delay on getting back to you on that. As well, please excuse any irrelevant FOIA verbiage that may be stuck onto my emails. The system I'm submitting this through is not really built for MDR requests.

I look forward to hearing from your office about this matter some time down the road.

Thanks again and Happy Holidays,

Joseph Durso