Expanded and Adapted PARP
The PARP will continue to play a key role in PfP and thus in the further development and implementation of the enhanced and more operational Partnership, and in particular in relation to the development of the OCC. The following represents a summary of way ahead in implementing the expanded and adapted PARP, [PFP/PARP(PMSC)WP(99)18(Revised)].
Status Report on the Expanded and Adapted PARP
- On the basis of recommendations contained in the Comprehensive Report on PfP Enhancement which was agreed by Ministers in Spring 1997, the PMSC(PARP) has developed new procedures that will expand and adapt the PARP. These procedures, which were agreed by Permanent Representatives of Allies and Partners participating in the PARP, were brought to the attention of the EAPC meeting at the level of Defence Ministers with all Allies and Partners in June 1998. Major changes to the process embodied in the new procedures include the addition of PARP Ministerial Guidance, Partnership Goals and extension of the planning horizon to six years. In addition, in response to a request from the WEU, the PMSC(PARP) concluded that the PARP could provide an appropriate mechanism to identify and assess the possible contributions of forces and capabilities for WEU-led operations being made available by those PARP participants (Austria, Finland and Sweden) who also currently participate in WEU activities related to defence planning for the WEU.
- These changes continue the evolution of PARP and make it resemble the Alliance defence planning process even more closely. Ministerial Guidance will take account of the issues of greatest importance to Allies and Partners in providing overall political guidance for each six year planning cycle. This guidance, which will be developed biennially, will be approved in the Spring of odd years by Defence Ministers of Allies and Partners. participating in the PARP. Partnership Goals, which will also be developed biennially on the basis of PARP Ministerial Guidance, will replace Interoperability Objectives (IOs). Partnership Goals will continue to fulfil the role of IOs in enhancing interoperability for those units and capabilities, including multinational formations, declared for PfP. However they may also seek from Partners additional forces and capabilities required for the success of non Article 5 crisis management operations: support and augmentation modules or national staff officers for CJTF operations, capabilities to address risks posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means and other particular valuable but scarce resources required for such operations are examples. Partnership Goals will assist Partners in developing capabilities to operate with Allies and will also assist those aspiring to NATO membership to prepare their forces for this.
The Way Ahead
- Implementation of the expanded and adapted PARP has already begun. Although the full introduction of Partnership Goals is not scheduled until 2000, in response to the wishes of a number of Allies and Partners, a limited number have been introduced in the current cycle for those Partners who wish to accept them as supplements to their existing IOs. The Initial Partnership Goals (IPGs) were developed by the NATO Military Authorities in cooperation with the Partnership Coordination Cell and the International Staff on the basis of guidance agreed by the PMSC(PARP). These are being discussed with PARP participants in the course of the current bilateral and multilateral consultations. They will be agreed by June 1999. In parallel with this process, the current IOs, which remain a priority for Partner implementation, are being revalidated and their period of validity is being extended to 2000 to cover the period until the full sets of Partnership Goals are agreed.
- The other new main element, PARP Ministerial Guidance will be developed later this Spring, taking account of other work in hand related to the enhanced and more operational Partnership and other initiatives arising from the Washington Summit. The Ministerial Guidance will be developed in the PMSC(PARP) by Allies and Partners participating in the PARP; it will be endorsed by their Permanent Representatives and approved by their Defence Ministers, covering a six year period with emphasis on the first two years of the cycle. In order to ensure transparency it will also then be circulated to all Partners.
- Partner interest in the PARP remains strong and the level of activities undertaken by Allies and Partners to meet PARP objectives continues to increase Two additional Partners, Georgia and Switzerland, have elected to participate in the current cycle and other Partners have indicated that they are considering participation in the future. The full transition to the expanded and adapted process will be completed with the approval of the full set of Partnership Goals in 2000. PARP remains a vital element of PfP which provides significant scope for Allies and Partners to continue to develop their cooperation and contribute to reinforcing PfP's operational capabilities. PARP also remains one of the most important tools for enabling Partners to achieve the strategic objectives of their individual partnerships.
Council is invited to agree the following recommendation:
- invite the PMSC/PARP to take this report on the enhanced and more operational Partnership, in particular the Operational Capabilities Concept, into account when developing the PARP Ministerial Guidance in Spring 1999 and future Partnership Goals.