The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)

  • Last updated: 22 May. 2015 12:41

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) brings together NATO’s logistics and procurement support activities in a single organisation, providing integrated multinational support solutions for NATO Allies and partners. It is a fully customer-funded agency, operating on a “no profit - no loss” basis.

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  • Main tasks and responsibilities

    The NSPA’s mission is to provide responsive, effective and cost-efficient logistics support services for systems and operations. This support is provided – in times of peace, crisis and war, wherever required – to the NATO member nations, the NATO Military Authorities and partner countries, both individually and collectively. In line with guidance provided by the North Atlantic Council (NAC) – NATO’s principal political decision-making body -- it aims to maximise the ability and flexibility of armed forces, contingents and other relevant organisations to execute their core mission.

    The NSPA is organised into three business segments: the NATO Airlift Management Programme, the Central Europe Pipeline System Programme and Logistics Operations.

    • NATO Airlift Management (NAM) Programme

    The NAM Programme was established to meet the requirements of the participating nations of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC). Its executive body, the NAM Programme Office, is responsible for acquiring, managing and supporting airlift assets required for national operations, including those in support of NATO, EU, UN and multinational commitments.

    The NAM Programme Office also provides financial, logistical, and administrative services for any military force that operates aircraft owned under the Programme. Currently, it supports the Heavy Airlift Wing, a multinational military unit established by the participating nations of SAC to operate the Globemaster III C-17A aircraft. The large cargo jets are certified and registered as Hungarian-state aircraft, with the main operating base located in Pápa, Hungary.

    • Central Europe Pipeline System (CEPS) Programme

    The CEPS Programme manages the operation, financing and maintenance of an integrated, cross-border fuel pipeline and storage system in support of NATO’s operational military requirements, including expeditionary operations. The CEPS Programme Office, located in Versailles, France, coordinates the operations, product quality and financial management of the Programme, including planning and overseeing cross-border traffic which operates on a 24/7 basis. The Programme Office represents the CEPS Programme in its relationship with NATO authorities and other entities.

    Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands (host nations) and the United States are members of the Programme. The CEPS Programme Board is the governing body for Programme execution and acts in the collective interests of all Programme members.

    • Logistics Operations

    The Logistics Operations unit provides a wide range of capabilities supporting multiple weapon systems, equipment and logistics services, such as support to operations.

    These logistics capabilities and services are provided using multinational legal frameworks, as well as bilateral and multinational agreements that enable the consolidation and centralisation of logistics management functions for NATO, its member nations as well as partner countries. 

    All of these capabilities can be leveraged to support NATO and its member nations during exercises and during deployments under NAC-approved operations.  A number of NATO staff are deployed to operations and NATO commands to provide frontline logistics and contract management.

    Logistics Operations also maintains a Southern Operational Centre in Taranto, Italy, where NATO’s deployable headquarters camps are maintained and from where they may be deployed in support of NATO operations and exercises.

    The majority of support is managed through outsourced contracts to industry, which are awarded through international competitive bidding processes. 

    The Logistics Operations business unit also has an in-house engineering and technical support capability covering a number of specific technologies and services, such as optoelectronics, calibration and data management.

  • Structure

    Headquartered in Capellen, Luxembourg, the NSPA employs some 1,200 staff in operational centres in France, Hungary, Italy and Luxembourg. Headed by a general manager, the NSPA is the executive body of the NATO Support and Procurement Organisation (NSPO).

    All 28 NATO nations are members of the NSPO, with each nation represented on the NSPO Agency Supervisory Board (ASB). The ASB directs and controls the activities of the NSPA, issues directives and makes general policy decisions to enable the NSPO to carry out its work. It reports to the NAC.

  • Evolution

    At the 2010 Lisbon Summit, Allied leaders agreed to reform the 14 existing NATO Agencies, located in seven member countries. In particular, they agreed to streamline the agencies into three major programmatic themes: procurement, support, and communications and information. The reform aims to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of capabilities and services, to achieve greater synergy between similar functions, and to increase transparency and accountability.

    As part of the reform process, the NSPA was established on 1 July 2012 merging three former in-service support agencies: the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA), the NATO Airlift Management Agency (NAMA) and the Central Europe Pipeline Management Agency (CEPMA).

    In April 2015, the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) became the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, marking the expansion of its capabilities to include all aspects of systems procurement from initial acquisition throughout sustainment.