Chapter 17: Standardization and Interoperability
Principles of NATO Standardization
1708. The following principles of NATO Standardization
apply whenever NATO standards are being developed and used:
Field. NATO standards are developed for use under interacting
activities in the Operational, NATO Consultation, Command and Control (C3),
Armaments and Logistic domains: Operational doctrine and
or procedures may have an impact of equipment
Research and Development or vice versa; common production
of equipment may have an influence on cooperation
in combat services support; etc.
Commitment. Nations ratify and implement Standardization
Agreements on a voluntary basis.
- Levels of
Standardization. Compatibility is the minimum level of
standardization required for Alliance forces. However, nations should strive for the standardization
level of interoperability, or higher as required, as this will
better enhance the Alliance's operational effectiveness.
- Use of Existing
Standards. Standardization agreements will only be
developed when the respective requirements are not covered by recognized civilian or already
existing military standards; adoption of existing standards
needs to be reflected in STANAGs.
- Coordination of
Effort. Duplication of effort is to be minimized through
consultation, liaison and information exchange between Main NATO Bodies involved
in standardization under the coordination of the
NATO Committee for Standardization (NCS). The aim must
be the successful development and timely achievement
of effective and well integrated NATO standards.
Terminology. NATO standards will use agreed NATO
Terminologynas developed within the NATO Terminology Standardization Programme.