Last update: 13-Nov-2003 9:58 NATO Update

6-7 Nov. 2003

Armaments Directors hold biannual meeting

NATO Handbook: Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD)
NATO-Russia relations
The Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) - the representatives responsible for armaments cooperation - met for their biannual meeting on 6-7 November at NATO HQ.

They focused on a number of key themes that included NATO-EU relations, in particular what the armaments community can do to contribute to this relationship. It was suggested that expert-level meetings take place between the two organisations to discuss armaments cooperation issues with the aim of reinforcing capability development through NATO's Prague Capabilities Commitment and the EU's European Capabilities Action Plan (ECAP). They also discussed the CNAD's contribution to the PCC in areas such as strategic air lift, strategic sea lift and air-to-air refuelling and took stock of progress made in the areas such as defence against terrorism, theatre missile defence and Allied Ground Surveillance.

The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the introduction of modern management tools to make the CNAD more accountable and assess whether it is responding correctly to the Alliance's Strategic Objectives. The CNAD, which is the senior NATO committee responsible for armaments cooperation, material standardisation and defence procurement matters, reports directly to the North Atlantic Council.

NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Minuto Rizzo, addressed the conference and focused on the question of how NATO could do better with the funding available, especially through improving the deployability of its current forces and shifting the balance between national spending and common/joint funding incrementally in favour of the latter.

During meetings with their counterparts from partner countries, NATO armament representatives discussed prospects for mutual search and rescue support in the event of a submarine accident. Russia, together with Sweden, participated in these high-level discussions, providing information on their respective programmes and national projects, and highlighting possible areas of international cooperation. Other forms of partner involvement in the main armaments group and the activities of the Research and Technology Organisation were also raised.