Logistic Implications of NATO's New Strategic Concept
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In November of 1991 at the meeting of Alliance Heads of State and Government in Rome, the new Strategic Concept was announced that would lead NATO into the 21st Century. The new strategy reflected the dramatic political changes that had occurred in Europe with the collapse of the WARSAW Pact and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. The new strategy also acknowledged the current military realities of smaller forces, reduced military budgets, increased reliance on multinational forces and a shift from forward defense to forward presence, with inherent emphasis on mobility and flexibility. For the NATO logistician the new Strategic Concept has created a significantly more demanding and complex environment. A review of this new environment identifies several areas such as sustainment, standardization, Host Nation Support, command which will create significant challenges for the logisticians and the Alliance as a whole. From a political perspective, there is a strong consensus that the new Strategic Concept is the right strategy to carry the Alliance into the next century. Whether the strategy is successful will depend primarily on the commitment of the nations to adequately address the logistical implications of the new Strategic Concept.
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies