Chapter 12: Host Nation Support
1205. The importance of HNS as a key feature in the
logistic support of the new Alliance force structures is apparent
from the following principles, as contained in MC 334:
- Responsibility. Nations and NATO Authorities have
a collective responsibility for HNS of NATO's operations.
- Authority. NATO Commanders have the authority
to establish HNS requirements. MNCs have the
authority to negotiate and conclude HNS agreements on behalf
of sending nations, subject to their prior concurrence.
- Cooperation. Nations must ensure, individually or
by cooperative arrangements, to include formal HNS agreements, the provision of adequate resources
to support their forces allocated to NATO during
peace, crisis and conflict.
- Provision. HNS is a fundamental supplement to
organic support and will be provided by the host nation to
the greatest extent possible, on the basis of
national legislation, national priorities, and the actual
capabilities of the host nation.
- Reimbursement. Reimbursement for HNS will be
agreed by nations.
- Economy. Planning and Execution of HNS must
reflect the most effective, efficient and economic use
of resources available to fulfil the requirement.
- Visibility. Information concerning HNS agreements
in support of NATO forces must be available to the appropriate NATO Commander.