Chapter 7: NATO Principles and Policies for Logistics
703. The following principles are to be observed.
- Responsibility: Nations and NATO authorities have
a collective responsibility for logistic support of
NATO's multinational operations.
- Provision: 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.
- Authority: The NATO Commander at the
appropriate level must be given sufficient authority over the
logistic resources necessary to enable him to employ and
sustain his forces in the most effective manner. The same
should apply for non-NATO Commanders of
multinational forces within a NATO led operation.
- Cooperation: Cooperation among the nations'
and NATO authorities is essential. For non-Article
5 operations, this cooperation must be extended to
non-NATO nations, the UN, the WEU, the OSCE, and
NGOs as appropriate.
- Coordination: Coordination of logistic support
between NATO and national authorities is essential and must
be carried out at all appropriate levels and also with
non-NATO nations, the UN, the WEU , the OSCE and
other organizations as required.
- Sufficiency: Levels and distribution of logistic
resources must be sufficient to achieve designated levels
of readiness, sustainability and mobility to provide
the required military capability during peace, crisis
- Economy: Logistic resources must be used
effectively, efficiently and economically.
- Flexibility: Logistic support dedicated or organic
to operational formations must be as dynamic,
flexible, mobile and responsive as the operational
- Visibility: The exchange of information between
nations and NATO concerning logistic assets and capabilities
is essential for the efficient management and
coordination of support to NATO forces.