Chapter 14: Movement and Transportation
Movement and Transportation Principles
1403. MC 336/1, A Movement and Transportation Concept
for NATO, establishes the following principles:
Responsibility. NATO and nations have a collective responsibility for movement and
transportation support to NATO operations. Specific
Responsibility. NATO Commanders are responsible for
initiating, prioritizing, coordinating and deconflicting the deployment, transportation
for sustainment (resupply), and redeployment of
their respective forces. This must be done in
cooperation with nations.
Responsibility. Nations have the primary responsibility for
obtaining transportation resources to deploy, sustain, and redeploy their forces.
They also have primary responsibility for planning
and controlling the movement of national forces,
national components of multinational forces, and where
a nation has accepted lead nation responsibility of
a multinational headquarters group. This principle must be tempered by the need for cooperation, coordination and economy, and may include
bilateral and/or multi-lateral cooperative arrangements.
- Cooperation. Cooperation among NATO and
national authorities, both military and civilian, is essential.
Such cooperation can be of a bi- or multilateral nature.
- Coordination. Coordination of movement and
trans-portation between NATO and national and
civilian authorities is essential and must be carried out at
all appropriate levels.
- Economy. Movement and transportation resources
must be used effectively and economically.
- Efficiency. Use of military and civilian resources
must be optimized. The complementary nature of
airlift, sealift, and inland surface transport resources must
be taken into consideration.
- Flexibility. Movement and transportation planning
and execution must be capable of reacting in a timely
manner to dynamic changes in the operational situation
- Operational Primacy. Movement and
transportation planning and execution must be tailored to satisfy
the overall NATO operational requirements.
- Simplicity. Plans and procedures should be made
as simple as possible.
- Standardization. Standardization facilitates
successful movement and transportation. Standardization
applies as much to systems, data and software as it does
to procedures, equipment and hardware.
Compatibility. When possible, units and formations with a
mobility rôle should have equipment designed to be compatible with available
- Visibility. Information exchange of movement
and transportation data between NATO and national
military and civil authorities is essential for the efficient
support of movement and transportation tasks.