Defence Investment Division

Equipping NATO's armed forces for the 21st Century

  • Last updated 27-Oct-2010 15:50

The Defence Investement Division at NATO Headquarters provides policy, technical, financial and procedural expertise relating to armaments, air defence, airspace management and security investment.

What are its tasks and responsibilities?

The Division's work focuses on the development of military capabilities and oversees investment in NATO assets, thereby ensuring that forces assigned to the Alliance are properly equipped and interoperable to undertake the full range of military missions.

Who participates?

The Division is composed of 116 members of NATO's International Staff. It is led by the Assistant Sectretary General for Defence Investment.

How does it work in practice?

The work of the Division is done by three principle directorates:

  • Armaments
  • Air Defence and Airspace Management
  • Security Investment Programme

The Division also includes the International Staff support element for the NATO Headquarters, Consultation, Command and Control Staff.

Armaments Directorate

The Armaments Directorate addresses a range of defence investment priorities and supports the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), the senior NATO committee responsible for armaments co-operation, materiel standardisation and defence procurement matters. High-priority on-going work includes NATO’s Long Term Capability Requirements programme and the new Defence Against Terrorism Programme of Work. Additionally, the Directorate works in close co-operation with defence industry through the NATO Industrial Advisory Group.

Air Defence and Airspace Management (ADAM) Directorate

The Air Defence and Airspace Management Directorate's mission is to provide policy, technical expertise and support on all areas of Alliance air defence and air traffic management, including:

  • assisting in the development of Alliance air defence policy and capabilities including a theatre ballistic missile defence programme; and in the development of Alliance Deployable Air Traffic Management and Airport Capabilities;
  • overseeing cooperation with partner countries and countries from the Mediterranean Dialogue on air defence and air traffic management related topics, including the Air Situation Data Exchange Programme with Partners;
  • supporting Alliance work related to early warning information on missile launches;
  • ensuring the safeguard and promotion of NATO requirements in civil-military air traffic management co-ordination, in co-operation with other NATO bodies and relevant international organisations such as the EU, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association;
  • fostering the development and implementation of aviation security measures;
  • supporting NATO operations through liaison with international civil aviation organisations and providing expert advice on airspace, air traffic management and airport matters;
  • facilitating liaison between the Secretary General and relevant committees and groups.

Security Investment Directorate (SID)

The key objective of the Security Investment Directorate is to ensure the timely provision of Alliance common-funded capabilities in support of the operational requirements of NATO's military authorities. Funding of these capabilities is provided through the NATO Security Investment Programme.

NATO Headquarters, Consultation, Command and Control Staff (NHQC3S)

The mission of the NHQC3S is to identify, develop and influence policy and standards, and provide analyses, advice, products and services to our customers in order to contribute directly to the NATO alliance's cost-effective, interoperable, harmonized and secure consultation, command and control capability.

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