Chapter 3: Logistic Support of the Alliance's
Principles of Reinforcement
Flexibility and Mobility
321. The flexible use and timely deployment of forces as
reflected in the new concept of reinforcement is dependent on
effective support arrangements based upon the best use of
available resources. It requires a high degree of operational
flexibility and complementary levels of mobility, and places a
premium on achieving effective interoperability, standardization,
logistic support, and command, control and communications. Future
support arrangements must clearly be adapted to ensure the
initial movement, the support in transit, the sustainment of combat
power and the possible redeployment of reinforcement forces.
Generic and Contingency Planning
322. Detailed pre-planning for every individual option will
not be possible since the volume, destination and timing of
intra-European as well as transatlantic reinforcement will not
generally be possible to predict. Transport and movement planning
may therefore need to be based on a capability/capacity planning
system (which matches force and support capabilities to the role
envisaged) as a means, and common method, of providing the ability to
react to varying political and military requirements.
323. Infrastructure planning in support of reinforcement remains of
fundamental importance and must be adapted to the requirements
derived from the future flexible use of forces.
It must make optimum use of existing facilities and assets,
covering the full range of requirements for base and staging areas
and secure movement and reception of reinforcement forces.