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ORGANISATION OF NATO CODIFICATION SYSTEM

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The NATO Codification System is managed and run by a NATO Cadre Group consisting of the National Directors on Codification Allied Committee 135 (AC/135). This group, which is under the authority of the Conference of National Armament Directors (CNAD), is committed to increased effectiveness and efficiency of global logistics systems and operations for participating nations and to provide the bridge necessary to facilitate global logistics operations.

NATO STRUCTURE

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Within each nation, a National Codification Bureau (NCB) is responsible for the maintenance of the Total Item Records (TIR) and support files (manufacturers, item names, Item Identification Guides, classification). Each NCB is the sole responsible authority for the other nations as far as data exchange and codification services are concerned.

Depending on the nation, codification tasks are:

bulletcarried out within the NCBs (centralised organisation);
bulletshared between the various agencies of the Ministry of Defence;
bulletsub-contracted to specialised private sector agencies or manufacturers.

Some nations have extended the use of the NCS to ministries or governmental agencies external to Defence.

SYSTEM OBJECTIVES

The four key determinants of system effectiveness are:

bulletLogistic Requirement: To support national, NATO wide and international logistics management systems and requirements.
bulletFinancial: To ensure that national, NATO wide and international operation of the NCS provides value for money.
bulletQuality: To ensure that codification systems and procedures are effective and efficient in relation to both their design and their output.
bulletInformation Technology (IT): To ensure that the NCS is developed to accommodate relevant IT opportunities.

The AC/135 has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) (www.nspa.nato.int) for the provision of specific technical and administrative support.

 

 
 

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