Chapter 17: Standardization and Interoperability
1706. The aim of NATO Standardization is to enhance
the Alliance's operational effectiveness and to improve the
efficiency in the use of available resources. Multinationality is a key
factor in NATO's force structure. To achieve interoperable
multinational forces, commonality of doctrine and procedures,
interoperability of communications and informations systems (CIS) and
of relevant Alliance equipment, and interchangeability of
combat supplies are required. Improvements in standardization
should be pursued as an integral part of defence planning.
1707. Industry's capability to satisfy military
requirements belongs entirely to the economic system of the member
nations; consequently, the achievement of NATO Standardization
is highly dependent on the political will of the Alliance nations
to commit themselves to the necessary efforts.