Section 1

Methods of Transmission or Transportation

7-100 Policy

a. Heads of the DoD Components shall establish procedures for transmission and transportation of classified information and information-bearing material that minimize risk of compromise while permitting use of the most cost-effective transmission or transportation means.

b. COMSEC information shall be transmitted and transported in accordance with National Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Instruction 4001.

c. NATO classified information shall be transmitted in compliance with USSAN Instruction 1-69.

d. Except under rules established by the Secretary of Defense, or as provided by Section 102 of the National Security Act, classified information originating in a department or agency other than the Department of Defense shall not be disseminated outside the Department of Defense without the consent of the originating department or agency.

7-101 Top Secret Information

Top Secret information shall be transmitted only by:

7-102 Secret Information

Secret information may be transmitted by:

7-103 Confidential Information

Confidential information may be transmitted by:

7-104 Transmission of Classified Material to Foreign Governments

a. Policy. Classified information and material that has been approved for release to a foreign government in accordance with DoD Directive 5230.11 shall be transmitted by means that ensure proper transfer between representatives of each government. All international transfers of classified material shall take place through government-to-government channels. The provisions of Appendix H shall be followed.

b. Control and Accountability. Control and accountability of classified material must be maintained until the material is officially transferred to the intended recipient government through its Designated Government Representative.

c. In urgent situations, appropriately cleared employees may be authorized to handcarry classified material in accordance with Section 3 of this Chapter, below, and Appendix H.

d. Each DoD agency executing an international agreement or contract that will lead to the international transfer of classified material will notify the DoD agency responsible for approving the transfer arrangements at the earliest possible point in international deliberations.

7-105 Shipment of Freight

Procedures established for shipment of bulk classified material as freight shall include provisions for shipment in closed vehicles when required, appropriate notice to the consignee concerning the shipment, procedures at transshipment activities, and actions to be taken in case of non-delivery or unexpected delay in delivery.

Section 2

Preparation of Material for Transmission

7-200 Envelopes or Containers

a. When classified information is transmitted, it shall be enclosed in two opaque, sealed envelopes, wrappings, or containers, durable enough to properly protect the material from accidental exposure and facilitate detection of tampering. The following exceptions apply:

b. Classified material shall be prepared for shipment, packaged, and sealed in ways that minimize risk of accidental exposure or undetected deliberate compromise. Documents should be packaged so that classified text is not in direct contact with the inner envelope or container.

7-201 Addressing

a. The outer envelope or container for classified material shall be addressed to an official government activity or to a DoD contractor with a facility clearance and appropriate storage capability and shall show the complete return address of the sender. The outer envelope shall not be addressed to an individual. Office codes or phrases such as "Attention: Research Department" may be used.

b. The inner envelope or container shall show the address of the receiving activity, the address of the sender, the highest classification of the contents (including, where appropriate, any special markings such as "Restricted Data" or "NATO,") and any applicable special instructions. The inner envelope may have an "attention line" with a person's name.

c. The outer envelope or single container shall not bear a classification marking or any other unusual marks that might invite special attention to the fact that the contents are classified.

d. Classified information intended only for U.S. elements of international staffs or other organizations must be addressed specifically to those elements.

Section 3

Escort or Hand-Carrying of Classified Material

7-300 General Provisions

a. Appropriately cleared personnel may be authorized to escort or handcarry classified material between locations when other means of transmission or transportation cannot be used. Component heads shall establish procedures to ensure that handcarrying of classified material is minimized and does not pose unacceptable risk to the information. Handcarrying may be authorized only when:

b. Couriers must be informed of and acknowledge their security responsibilities. The latter requirement may be satisfied by a briefing or by requiring the courier to read written instructions that contain the information listed below, as a minimum:

c. In the event that the handcarry of classified information will also involve the disclosure of classified information to foreign nationals, the DoD Component official responsible for approving the handcarry is also responsible for ensuring that disclosure authorization has been obtained in accordance with DoD Directive 5230.11.

7-301 Documentation

a. Responsible officials shall provide a written statement to all individuals escorting or carrying classified material authorizing such transmission. This authorization statement may be included in official travel orders except for travel aboard commercial aircraft in which case subsection 7-302, below, applies.

b. The DD Form 2501, "Courier Authorization," may be used to identify appropriately cleared DoD military and civilian personnel who have been approved to handcarry classified material in accordance with the following, except that in the case of travel aboard commercial aircraft the provisions of paragraph 7-302, below, apply:

7-302 Hand-carrying or Escorting Classified Material Aboard Commercial Passenger Aircraft

a. Advance coordination should be made with airline and departure terminal officials and, when possible, with intermediate transfer terminals to develop mutually satisfactory arrangements within the terms of this Regulation and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance, to facilitate the courier's processing through airline ticketing, screening and boarding procedures. Local FAA field offices can often be of assistance. During this coordination, specific advice should be sought regarding the nature of documentation that will be required. Generally, the following has been found to meet requirements:

b. The traveler should process through the airline ticketing and boarding procedure the same as other passengers. The package or the carry-on luggage containing it should be routinely offered for inspection for weapons.