Chapter 10: Cooperative Logistics
1001. In order to successfully implement cooperative
logistics arrangements, they should have the following characteristics:
- They should be mutually beneficial to all
participants. Each participant must gain something (reduced
costs, increased jobs, etc.) from the arrangement, i.e. a
- They should be politically acceptable and consistent
with national interests and policies.
- They should be economically sound, and be based
on the comparative economic advantage of
participating countries to provide goods and services at lower cost.
- They should clearly be militarily beneficial, and
enhance NATO's capability to meet its future missions.
- Ideally, they should also have peacetime
applications; this will maximize the degree of economic benefit
and cost-effectiveness inherent in cooperative arrangements.
- They should be tailored to the unique strengths
and needs of each participating country.
1002. Cooperative logistics cover a wide range of
activities which can be considered interrelated with, and/or
supportive of, logistic support for the Alliance.
- They can be either bilateral or multilateral: one
country provides another country (or countries) with
specified logistic services or materiel in exchange for
payment, reimbursement in kind, or other specified
logistic services or materiel (barter). An example could be
that one country provides ammunition to another
country in exchange for maintenance services for vehicles.
They can also be realised in joint international initiatives
to develop large projects together.
- In order to enhance logistic cooperation, NATO
established NATO production and consumer logistics
organizations, steering committees and military agencies, and
developed cooperative logistics techniques.