October 1997

Chapter 14: Movement and Transportation


1401. Movement and transportation encompass the whole spectrum of infrastructure, facilities, air and sea lift, command and control, and equipment which is necessary for the reception and onward movement of forces. It is the cornerstone of the Alliance's operational concept, requiring investment in resources, facilities and equipment. The need for coordination of NATO movement and transportation planning stems from the consequences of the new Alliance strategy. Specifically:

  1. the multinational character of Alliance forces requires coordination and cooperation, not competition, for movement and transportation resources;
  2. the flexibility inherent in the selection of NATO forces and the uncertainties that surround future deployments place a greater reliance on movement and transportation planning based on generic and ad hoc operational planning requirements. The greater reliance that this places upon the ability of Alliance forces to be deployed quickly requires close coordination throughout NATO; and
  3. the limited availability of transport resources underlines the continuing need for close coordination between military and civil agencies for support to NATO military operations.

1402. It is essential that logistic support planning be developed parallel to, and in conjunction with, operational planning to ensure mutual compatibility. In this regard, particular emphasis must be placed on the identification of operational movement requirements to military and civil support planners. This will require close cooperation between the NATO Military Authorities (NMAs), including the Bi-MNC Combined Joint Planning Staff (CJPS), NATO Headquarters' Civil Emergency Planning Directorate (CEPD) and the nations. Moreover, it is important to ensure overall policy coordination of contingency operation planning at NATO Headquarters, taking into account the Alliance's new roles and missions.

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