INTERNATIONAL OVERSIGHT ADVISORY

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The IOA (or International Oversight Advisory) is a fictional civilian oversight committee in the television series Stargate SG-1. It was created after the existence of the Stargate program was revealed to the other permanent members of the UN Security Council. The Gate Alliance Treaty was signed by China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States.

It is presumed to have developed from the Atlantis Committee, and is therefore in control over the Atlantis Expedition. However, the IOA has no direct authority over Stargate Command, which, as a command of the United States Air Force is under the control of the United States Military.

An IOA representative was eventually assigned to the SGC in exchange for further funding. The organization is, after the US Senate's Appropriation's Committee and the NID the third civilian organization involved with the Stargate Program.
 

International Oversight Advisory

Universe

Stargate

Type

Civilian oversight committee

Founded

2003

Location

Variable; most frequently at Stargate Command, but founded in The Pentagon

Key people

Richard Woolsey

Purpose

Oversight and funding of the Atlantis expedition and the SGC (partially)

Powers***

Funding
Censure

Affiliations

Atlantis Expedition
SGC
United Nations Security Council
IOA MEMBERS
  • Richard Woolsey - USA (played by Robert Picardo)
  • Russel Chapman - UK (played by Andy Maton)
  • Jean LaPierre - France (played by Mark Oliver)
  • Chen Xiaoyi - China (played by Tamlyn Tomita)
  • Col. Chekov* - Russia (played by Gary Chalk)
* It is unknown if Chekov survived the Battle of P3Y-229.


 

GATE ALLIANCE TREATY
The Gate Alliance Treaty was the agreement between the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, signed in early 2003. After the discovery of the Ancient Outpost in Antarctica, the signatory members of the Antarctic Treaty also had to be included because of international law. Subsequently, the included nations sent personnel to Atlantis.

The treaty specified that all acquired alien technology would be shared between the member nations, in exchange for assistance in keeping the program secret. However, in the three years since, the US military has interpreted the treaty to only apply to non-military technology. Though the Chinese delegate is the only one to mention it, this is presumably a sore point with all the signatories. The current arrangement is supported by the Asgard.

It is implied that China may soon leave the treaty to force the SGC to be more forthcoming, though this could be a tactic similar to Russia's feigned reluctance to extend the lease on their Stargate in exchange for a Daedalus class battlecruiser.
 

Gate Alliance Treaty
Opened for signature probably February 2003 in The Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, United States, Earth
Entered into force February 2003
Conditions for entry into force None 
Parties United States
United Kingdom
France
People's Republic of China
Russia
other signatory members of the Antarctic Treaty.
CRITICISM
Members of both the SGC and the Atlantis expedition have displayed a rather low opinion of the IOA. According to Dr. Elizabeth Weir, the IOA's inability to make final decisions is only a strategic maneuver to not take responsibility, therefore having a scapegoat (such as Weir herself) in case things go wrong. The IOA is also criticized by SGC personnel for interfering in situations where they lack expertise. The leader of the SGC, General Hank Landry, has personified the division between the SGC and the IOA by saying, "You know, if I had the salaries they pay those idiot blowhard politicians to put into my budget…".