Navy Declassification Policy

09.05.06 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

Detailed information on U.S. Navy policy regarding declassification of 25 year old documents is presented in a new Navy Instruction.

Along with policy and procedures, the document provides an extensive listing of Navy programs and systems that may be subject to declassification.

The Instruction is marked For Official Use Only. A copy was obtained by Secrecy News.

See “Declassification of 25 Year Old DON Information,” OPNAVINST 5513.16B, August 2, 2006 (72 pages in an unnecessarily large 30 MB PDF file).

See, relatedly, “Department of the Navy Classification Guides” (pdf), OPNAVINST 5513.1F, December 7, 2005.

See also “Limitations on Public Release and Disclosure of Information About Improvised Explosive Device Efforts” (pdf), Secretary of the Navy, April 2006.