Chapter 7: NATO Principles and Policies for Logistics
701. The Alliance's new Strategic Concept, the
Military Committee Directive for Military Implementation of
the Alliance's Strategic Concept, NATO Force Structures and
the NATO Concept for Reinforcement all have implications for
the logistic support of Alliance forces. A Senior NATO
Logisticians' Conference (SNLC) report analysed the key characteristics
of NATO's Military Strategy and Force Structures, and
their implications regarding future logistic principles and policies.
In essence, the report emphasized that nations and
NATO Authorities have a collective responsibility for logistic
support of NATO's multinational operations, that nations must
ensure, individually or by cooperative
arrangements, the provision of logistic resources to support their forces allocated to NATO during peace, crisis and conflict, including adequate
provision for strategic mobility, transportation and movement of
forces, and that NATO Commanders must have appropriate
authority to control certain logistic assets.
702. The NATO principles and policies for logistics set out
in MC 319/1 endorsed by the NATO Council apply to peace,
crisis and conflict and include Article 5 operations as well as
non-Article 5 operations. They provide sufficient flexibility for
close cooperation with the United Nations (UN), the Western
European Union (WEU), the Organization for Security and Cooperation
in Europe (OSCE) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
They also apply to operations within the framework of the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) concept and for non-NATO nations in NATO-led operations.