October 1997

Chapter 18: NATO Military Common-Funded Resources

Main Military Common Resource Bodies

Senior Resource Board (SRB)

1803. The SRB is a subsidiary body of the Council with overall responsibility for common-funded military resource management. It is composed of senior national representatives from member countries, representatives from the Military Committee (MC), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Supreme Allied Command Atlantic (SACLANT), Military Budget Committee (MBC), Infrastructure Committee (IC) and the NATO Defence Manpower Committee (NDMC). The main objectives of the SRB are:

  • to provide coordinated advice to the Council/Defence Planning Committee (DPC) on the availability, manage-ment and allocation of resources;
  • to provide a forum for considering the resource implications of new initiatives of common concern;
  • to optimize mid- and longer term military common-funded resource management, and to provide maximum flexibility in the resource allocation process; and
  • to consider and endorse capability packages for Council/DPC approval, primarily from a resource allocation point of view.

Infrastructure Committee (IC) - AC/4

1804. The IC is chaired by the Assistant Secretary General for Security Investment, Logistics and Civil Emergency Planning (ASG/SILCEP), with the Controller for Infrastructure serving as the Permanent Chairman. It is responsible, within the broad policy guidance provided by the SRB on matters of resource allocation, for the implementation of the NSIP, as approved by the Council/DPC. In this respect, the IC:

  • screens projects included in the NSIP, primarily from the technical and financial point of view, also taking into account economical and political aspects, agreeing their detailed eligibility for common funding in accordance with approved guidelines;
  • grants authorizations to Host Nations to commit funds for such projects;
  • decides on procurement issues, including disputes;
  • formally accepts implemented projects;
  • manages the programme from a financial point of view within the overall limits set by the SRB and approved by the Council; and
  • calls forward payments from contributing nations in accordance with approved expenditure forecasts.

Military Budget Committee (MBC)

1805. The MBC is responsible for managing the International Military Budget. To this end, the MBC:

  1. issues policy and guidance to the NATO Military Authorities (NMAs) for the preparation and submission of medium term financial plans; reviews these plans and formulates recommendations to the SRB concerning resource allocation and future planning parameters;
  2. issues policy and guidance to the NMAs for the preparation and submission, within approved resource allocations, of annual budget estimates; reviews these estimates and formulates recommendations to the Council for their approval;
  3. monitors the execution of the approved budgets and authorizes adjustments to the authorized budgets which exceed the powers of the Financial Controllers; and
  4. provides advise to the Council on a range of international military budget matters, such as the granting of international status to military bodies, modifications to international civilian personnel establishments and reports by the International Board of Auditors.

NATO Defence Manpower Committee (NDMC)

1806. The NDMC is an MC sub-committee with overall international manpower management responsibility, taking into account broad resource policy guidance of the SRB. In this respect, the NDMC's main tasks are:

  • to advise the MC on manpower policies and ceilings, current and forecast;
  • to screen the NATO Defence Manpower Plan with a view to inviting the approval of the MC to the proposals for the first year, and its approval in principles to those for subsequent years for manpower and financial planning purposes;
  • to consider proposals for variations in military establishments submitted by NMAs;
  • to conduct reviews as necessary of international manpower posts; and
  • to advise the MC on NATO personnel policy.

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