Demilitarization, Dismantling and Disposal - D3 Support Partnership

23 November 2012


Demilitarization, Dismantling and Disposal - D3 Support Partnership

The 2nd pre-Demilitarization, Dismantling and Disposal (D3) Support Partnership Committee meeting was held at the NATO Support Agency, in Capellen, on 06 November 2012. Some 20 participants representing 11 nations attended the meeting, showing interest in the development of the partnership.

The D3 Support Partnership will be activated in January 2013 (subject to Agency Supervisory Board approval). The goal of the D3SP is to provide nations the opportunity to identify and execute multinational collective strategies for demilitarizing, dismantling and disposing of military systems and equipment that are no longer required in national inventories (such as aircraft, tanks, armoured vehicles, ships, weapons and ammunition). Participating nations in the D3 partnership benefit from a legal, logistic and cost-effective platform for the D3 of their military equipment. In addition, they will benefit from NATO Support Agency in-house expertise to monitor Recovery, Reuse & Recycle (R3) processes associated with all national requirements, in compliance with the environmental and safety regulations governing these activities. There is great potential for financial returns, due to the high costs of recyclable material, which will help reduce administrative costs for the partners.

Through NSPA, nations can consolidate their requirements, centralize logistics activities and use international competition. In a collective procurement approach, nations can achieve significant savings and make better use of their budgets.