October 1997

Chapter 8: Consumer Logistics

Consumer Logistics Committee Structure

Senior NATO Logisticians' Conference (SNLC) - AC/305

805. The SNLC, chaired by the Secretary General, is the principal NATO committee for consumer logistics. It meets twice a year at NATO Headquarters in joint civil/military session "at 154" and "at 16" with two permanent co-chairmen: The Assistant Secretary General for Security Investment, Logistics and Civil Emergency Planning (ASG/SILCEP) and the Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee (DCMC). It reports jointly to both the Council and the MC.

806. The membership consists of senior national and military representatives of the Ministries of Defence (MOD) or equivalent national organizations responsible for the civil and/or military consumer aspects of logistics, as well as representatives from MNCs, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA), Military Agency for Standardization (MAS), and Divisions of NATO Headquarters staff, such as: Defence Support (DS) Division and Civil Emergency Planning Directorate (CEPD).

807. The major tasks of the SNLC are to:

  1. review, assess and evaluate, in conjunction with other NATO authorities and bodies as appropriate, the overall consumer logistics organization, plans, procedures and capabilities with a view to enhancing the performance, efficiency, sustainability and combat effectiveness of Alliance forces;
  2. provide the focal point and forum for the consideration of consumer logistics matters;
  3. address consumer logistics problems of the Alliance, particularly those which have resisted solution elsewhere, as well as those which are not within the purview of other NATO bodies;
  4. provide consumer logistics advice and assistance to the Council/Defence Planning Committee (DPC) and the MC in developing the policy needed for the resolution of consumer logistics matters and problems, reporting at the same time any areas of concern and foreseeable consequences thereof;
  5. recommend procedures to the Council/DPC and MC for implementing consumer logistics policy; and
  6. direct the work of any subordinate bodies that may be created in specific logistics fields of endeavour.

808. Two groups are subordinate to the SNLC:

  1. Logistics Staff Meeting (LSM) whose main function is to provide a working level forum for discussion of NATO logistics concerns which may eventually give rise to reports to the SNLC; and
  2. Movement and Transportation Advisory Group (MAG) that advises both the SNLC and the SCEPC on matters which require civil/military coordination and cooperation in the area of transport.

NATO Pipeline Committee (NPC) - AC/112

809. The NPC, chaired by the Director of Logistics deals with all matters of NATOwide concern in connection with the control of the operation and maintenance of the NATO Pipeline System (NPS) and all unconnected off-base storage facilities and depots constructed within the Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants (POL) category of the common funded NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP). It meets twice a year at NATO Headquarters and reports to the Council (see Chapter 14).

Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS)

810. COMEDS, established by the MC, is the primary advisory body of the MC in all medical subjects. It acts as a central point for the development and coordination of military medical policies in NATO. Its chairman, provided by a nation, annually provides a liaison report to the SNLC (see Chapter 15).

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