The ability to reach out globally is particularly important today, as NATO takes on missions and operations in distant areas such as Afghanistan. By pooling resources, NATO countries have made significant financial savings, and have the potential of acquiring assets collectively that would be prohibitively expensive to purchase as individual countries.
Improving NATO’s strategic air- and sealift capabilities
Giving Alliance forces global reach
NATO member countries have pooled their resources to acquire special aircraft and ships that will give the Alliance the capability to transport troops, equipment and supplies across the globe. Robust strategic air- and sealift capabilities are vital to ensure that NATO countries are able to deploy their forces and equipment rapidly to wherever they are needed.