Defence-Related and Military Cooperation
- Practical defence-related cooperation in the NATO Senior Committees and their subordinate structures has greatly contributed to deepen and expand opportunities for Partner participation in their activities, and thereby supported the overall aims of the enhanced PfP. Work by the Senior Committees and subordinate structures will continue to play an increasingly important role, as the enhanced and more operational Partnership develops. The work of these committees and subordinate structures is reported in detail in the latest comprehensive progress report on PfP enhancement to Ministers, [EAPC(C)D(98)24(Revised)], from December 1998. The following gives an overview of some of the most significant initiatives and activities:
- The Council Operations and Exercise Committee (COEC) has undertaken a wide-ranging programme of activities with Partners, which include Partner participation in preparations of CMX 99 (exercise was cancelled), preparation of a set of generic crisis management documents and updating the Generic Crisis Management Handbook, and a compendium of national crisis management structures and procedures. NATO has undertaken a variety of activities including the dispatch of expert crisis management teams to Partner countries, detailed briefings on NATO crisis management at NATO HQ, briefings and visits to the SITCEN and the provision of expert advice on Operations Centre/Situation Centre operations and organisation.
- In the context of the Conference of National Armaments Directors' (CNAD) activities, a NATO Team of experts is currently training Albanian military specialists who will soon begin clearance of a significant quantity of unexploded munitions at 11 major sites throughout the country. The team is also providing advice concerning the disposal of thousands of tonnes of obsolete, damaged or excess ammunition located at 140 military storage sites.
- The NATO Air Traffic Management Committee (NATMC) and its Groups have developed Programmes of Work with full participation of Partners taking into account their advice and recommendations on priorities including the on-going development of a document on Guidance, Procedures and Timetable for Civil-Military Co-ordination of Air Exercises for Partner reference and use.
- The NATO Air Defence Committee (NADC) inter alia conducts two air defence seminars annually with Partners, one hosted by a Partner nation and the other by a NATO nation.
- The Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee (SCEPC) has a wide-ranging programme of cooperative activities with Partners aimed at promoting practical cooperation and interoperability in civil emergency planning and civil crisis management arrangements, including disaster preparedness and disaster relief. This programme includes opening to Partners of the regular meetings of the nine technical Planning Boards and Committees dealing with transportation, supplies, communications, medical and civil protection, which are now meeting on a regular basis with Partners.
- The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) is now fully operational. The EADRCC has proved its value by its continued assistance to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in dealing with the current influx of refugees from Kosovo into Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) and in coordinating the responses of EAPC countries to a recent flooding in Ukraine.
- Partners are involved in the work of the Senior NATO Logisticians Conference (SNLC) and its subordinate bodies on all unclassified items.
- In the NATO Pipeline Committee (NPC) Partners have participated in meetings and in working groups and working Parties subordinate to the NPC.
- In the Military Agency for Standardisation (MAS) Partners have been almost fully integrated in 45 of 46 Working Group programmes, and work directly together with Allies on the development of doctrinal and procedural interoperability matters.
- The work of the NMAs with Partners to implement the MC Concept for PfP Enhancement [MCM-031-97] and developments on additional measures to further enhance military cooperation in PfP have been reported in detail in the latest comprehensive progress Report on PfP Enhancement to Ministers in December 1998 [EAPC(C)D(98)24(Revised)]. The full spectrum of military cooperation currently in place or envisaged will be required to support the enhanced and more operational Partnership. It is therefore recommended that the NMAs further capitalise and bring to fruition current initiatives, many of which complement or are integral to the OCC. These developments have been further amplified in the interim Advice on the Enhanced and More Operational Partnership [MCM-031-99]. The most significant developments and initiatives include:
- MC/PS meetings with Partner Military Representatives on PfP military programmes and operational issues and monthly EAPMC/PS meetings;
- nomination of Partner Military Representatives to Partner Missions; addition of Partner Staff Officers, working in international capacities, in the Partnership Coordination Cell (PCC in Mons: and retention of Partner National Liaison Officers at the NATO HQ in Brussels, at both MNCs and at the PCC;
- Partner officers' involvement in international functions in aspects of the planning and conduct of PfP activities through the eight established PfP Staff Elements (PSEs) at various NATO headquarters;
- participation of Partners in CJTF trial exercises and agreement by the MC on consultation with Partners on the modalities for future Partner participation in NATO-led CJTF operations to include possible Partner provision of augmentation/support modules, participation in training and exercises and the use/participation of PSE personnel in their international function in CJTF HQs when activated;
- development of common modalities for Partner Multinational Formations;
- development of a concept for a voluntary system to routinely assess Partner units for NATO-led Peace Support Operations; and
- increasing scope and complexity of the NATO/PfP exercise programme, involving the leadership of Partners, for instance as Exercise Director or Officer in Charge of the Exercise. Development of analysis and lessons learned mechanisms for evaluation of PfP exercises.
- Council is invited to agree the following recommendation:
- task the appropriate NATO Senior Committees and NMAs, in consultation with Partners, to support and contribute to the development of the enhanced and more operational Partnership, in particular the Operational Capabilities Concept and the PfP Training and Education Enhancement Programme .
- Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.