Logistics

Logistics is the cornerstone of all military operations. NATO is required to carry out a range of smaller, but demanding operations, in addition to simultaneously retaining the capability to conduct large-scale high-intensity operations in support of the collective defense. To do so, the Alliance must be able to launch and sustain these missions.

Since only a few nations can independently deploy and sustain their own forces, it is important that NATO and its Allies continue to pursue collective logistics in order to provide Commanders the required level of flexibility during current and future operations. Logistic efforts are pursued along four main lines of effort: develop more capable and interoperable joint logistic capabilities at the required readiness state, optimize the Command and Control of logistics support, improve the ability of NATO forces to deploy, and enhance both the interoperability and the sustainment of these NATO forces.

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The New Aircraft Cross-Servicing Programme of NATO

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Lieutenant Colonel

Frans van de Weerd

Subject Matter Expert 
Logistics

Lieutenant Colonel Van de Weerd has served for more than 40 years in the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). He served in various fighter related weapon system support positions at depots and staff positions at the RNLAF Headquarters and the Defense Material Command. He dealt with Foreign Military Sales challenges...

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