First Edition:
June 1986

November 1989

Second Edition:
April 1994

Third Edition:
October 1997

NATO Logistics Handbook

Senior NATO Logisticians' Conference Secretariat
NATO Headquarters

Table of contents


Chapter 1: NATO Logistics

Introduction (101-102)
Definitions (103-105)
103. Logistics; Production Logistics;
104. Consumer Logistics; Cooperative Logistics;
105. Multinational Logistics
Logistic Functions (106-117)
107. Materiel Function of Logistics;
108. Supply Function of Logistics;
109. Maintenance and Repair Functions of Logistics;
111. Service Function of Logistics;
112. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Function of Logistics;
113. Movement and Transportation Function of Logistics;
114. Engineering Function of Logistics;
115. Medical Function of Logistics;
116. Contracting Function of Logistics;
117. Budget and Finance Function of Logistics
Related Functions (118)
Annex A
Classes of Supply

Chapter 2: NATO Organization

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Introduction (201-208)
201. NATO's Political Goals and Basic Tasks;
204. Decision Making in NATO;
205. NATO's Strategic Concept
Fundamental Elements of NATO (209-219)
209. North Atlantic Council;
212. Defence Planning Committee;
213. Nuclear Planning Committee;
214. Secretary General;
215. International Staff;
217. Military Committee;
218. International Military Staff
NATO's Integrated Military Command Structure (220-226)
221. Allied Command Europe;
222. Allied Command Atlantic;
223. Combined Joint Planning Staff;
224. NATO Airborne Early Warning;
225. Canada-United States Regional Planning Group;
226. Way Ahead
The Combined Joint Task Force Concept (227-228)
NATO's Enlargement (229)
Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (230-233)
The Enhanced Partnership for Peace Programme (234-237)
The Partnership Between NATO and Russia
NATO's Partnership with Ukraine (240)
The Mediterranean Dialogue (241)
Interlocking Institutions (242)
Annex A (.GIF/119 Kb)
Principal Committees of the Council
Annex B (.GIF/75 Kb)
The International Staff
Annex C (.GIF/59 Kb)
The International Military Staff
Annex D (.GIF/88 Kb)
NATO's Integrated Military Structure

Chapter 3: Logistic Support of the Alliance's New Strategy

Introduction (301-302)
New Force Structures (303-306)
304. Reaction Forces;
305. Main Defence Forces;
306. Augmentation Forces
Logistic Implications of the New Strategy (307-317)
New Reinforcement Concept (318-320)
Principles of Reinforcement (321-323)
321. Flexibility and Mobility;
322. Generic and Contingency Planning;
323. Infrastructure Support
Logistic Factors of Reinforcement (324-326)

Chapter 4: Determination of Logistic Requirements and Logistic Support

Introduction (401)
Defence Planning Process (402-404)
NATO Stockpile Planning Guidance (405-413)
407. ACE Resource Optimisation Software System;
409. Bi-MNC Stockpile Guidance;
410. Stockpile Planning Responsibilities
Bi-MNC Reporting (414-418)

Chapter 5: Logistic Support for Peace Support Operations

Introduction (501-502)
Traditional Peacekeeping Missions (503)
Conflict Prevention Missions (504)
Humanitarian Missions (505-506)
Indirect NATO involvement in Peace Support Operations (507)
Logistic Support Guidelines (508-512)
509. General Logistic Guidelines;
510. Coordination/Authority;
511. Cooperation;
512. Deployment;
Civil Resources and In-Country Support (513)
Medical Support (514-515)
NATO's Role in Peace Support Operations (516-519)
517. Operation Joint Endeavour;
518. Operation Joint Guard;
519. Compendium of Lessons Learned During Logistic Support of Peacekeeping Operations;

Chapter 6: Logistic Support for Peace Support Operations

Introduction (601)
Activities (602)
Partnership Working Tools and Working Procedures (603)
Partner Involvement (604)
General Areas of Logistic Cooperation (605)
Ongoing Specific Consumer Logistic Activities (606-610)
Annex A
Logistic Interoperability Objectives

Chapter 7: NATO Principles and Policies for Logistics

Introduction (701-702)
Logistic Principles (703)
Logistic Policies (704)

Chapter 8: Consumer Logistics

Introduction (801-802)
Hierarchy of Logistic Documents (803)
Consumer Logistics Committee Structure (804)
NATO Headquarters Level Committees (805-810)
Bi-MNC Logistics Coordination Board (811)
Western European Logistics Group (812)

Chapter 9: Production Logistics

Introduction (901-903)
Main Objectives of Armaments Cooperation (904-908)
Methods for Armaments Cooperation (909)
Conference of National Armaments Directors (910-913)
911. CNAD Substructure;
912. National Armaments Directors Representatives;
913. NATO Conventional Armaments Review Committee
Other NATO Committees and Bodies Involved in Armaments Cooperation (914-922)
Western European Armaments Group (923)
Procedures for Armaments Cooperation (924-929)
Partnership for Peace (930-937)
Annex A
CNAD Organization
Annex B
NATO Project Steering Committees

Chapter 10: Cooperative Logistics

Introduction (1001-1002)
NATO Production and Logistics Organizations (1003-1016)
NATO Project Steering Committees (1017)
In-Service Support of Multinational Equipment Projects (1018)
Military Agencies (1019-1021)
Cooperative Logistics Techniques (1022-1036)
NAMSA Specific Cooperative Logistics Projects (1037-1044)
Specific PFP Activities (1045)
Annex A
MAS Working Parties of Logistic Interest

Chapter 11: Civil Emergency Planning

Introduction (1101-1102)
Civil Support to the Military (1103-1105)
Aims of Civil Emergency Planning (1106)
Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee (1107-1117)
Civil Emergency Planning Questionnaire (1118)
CEP Crisis Management Arrangements (1119-1120)
Civil Emergency Crisis Cell (1121-1123)
CEP Involvement in Emergency Disaster Assistance (1124-1126)
CEP in the PfP Framework (1127)
Relationship with Russia (1128-1130)
Annex A (.GIF/39 Kb)
Civil Emergency Planning Committee Structure

Chapter 12: Host Nation Support

Introduction (1201-1203)
Definition (1204)
HNS Principles (1205)
HNS Policies (1206)
HNS Planning (1207-1209)
Capability Catalogue (1210)
Local Contracting (1211)
Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) (1212)
HNS Planning for Non-Article 5 Operations (1213-1216)

Chapter 13: Multinational Logistics

Introduction (1301)
NATO Commanders' Authority to Redistribute Logistic Resources (1302-1310)
The Multinational Joint Logistic Centre Concept (1311-1315)
Modes of Multinational Logistic Support (1316-1325)
Component Support Concepts (1326-1333)
1327. Land Component Concept;
1330. Air Component Concept;
1332. Maritime Support Concept

Chapter 14: Movement and Transportation

Introduction (1401-1402)
Movement and Transportation Principles (1403)
Movement and Transportation Policies (1404-1409)
1404. General Policies;
1405. Civil Support to the Military;
1406. Military Support to Civil Operations;
1407. Resource Acquistions;
1408. Command and Control of Movement and Transport Resources;
1409. Communications and Automated Data Processing Support
Movement and Transportation Structure (1410)
Movement and Transportation Tasks and Responsibilities (1411-1418)
Allied Deployment and Movement System (1419-1422)
Civil Support to Military Movement and Transportation Planning (1423-1424)
Movement Advisory Groups and Conferences (1425-1428)

Chapter 15: Fuels, Oil, Lubricants and Petroleum Handling Equipment

Introduction (1501)
Civil Preparedness (1502)
NATO Pipeline Committee (1503-1505)
Bulk Distribution and Storage of Fuels in the NPS (1506-1508)
Air Base, Naval Base and Unit Support (1509)
Fuels Supply Planning in ACE and ACLANT (1510)
Military Fuels and the Single Fuel Concept (1511-1512)
Standardization/Interchangeability and Research (1513-1516)
Coordination (1517-1518)
Annex A
Aide Memoire on Fuels in NATO
Annex B (.GIF/61 Kb)
NATO Bodies Concerned with Petroleum Matters

Chapter 16: Medical Support

Introduction (1601)
Mission of the Medical Service (1602)
Medical Support Principles (1603-1604)
Medical Operational Principles (1605)
Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (1606)
Medical Planning in NATO (1607-1609)
Role Support (1610-1614)
Civil Aspects (1615)

Chapter 17: Standardization and Interoperability

Introduction (1701-1704)
Definition (1705)
Aim (1706-1707)
Principles of NATO Standardization (1708)
The NATO Standardization Process (1709-1717)
The NATO Standardization Organization (1718-1723)
1719. NATO Committee for Standardization;
1720.NATO Standardization Liaison Board;
1721.Office for NATO Standardization;
1722.Tasking Authorities;
1723.Points of Contact
NATO Standardization Programme (1724)
NATO and PfP (1725)

Chapter 18: NATO Military Common-Funded Resources

Introduction (1801-1802)
Main Military Common Resource Bodies (1803-1806)
1803.Senior Resource Board;
1804.Infrastructure Committee;
1805.Military Budget Committee;
1806.NATO Defence Manpower Committee
The Medium Term Resource Plan (1807-1808)
Capability Packages (1809-1817)
1810.CP Definition;
1812.CP Submission;
1813.CP Approval;
1816.CP Implementation
NATO Security Investment Programme (1818-1820)
Military Budget (1821)
International Manpower (1822-1823)
Annex A
Capability Packages of Logistic Interest

Annex A
Annex B
Annex C
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