NSPO Agency Supervisory Board (ASB) meeting on 4-5 December 2012

12 December 2012

NSPO Agency Supervisory Board (ASB) meeting on 4-5 December 2012

On 4 and 5 December 2012, the NSPO Agency Supervisory Board (ASB) had its second meeting since the establishment of the organization in July 2012. The ASB is the supreme decision making body of NSPO, issues directives and makes general policy decisions to enable NSPO to carry out its mission. It reports to the North Atlantic Council (NAC). Members of the Board are Defence Ministry representatives from each of the NATO member nations.

The Board has a Chairperson, presently Mr Per Christensen, a Norwegian national. The Chairperson is selected from one of the member states and serves in a part time capacity for a definite duration of 3 years. The Board normally meets twice per year, with the General Manager and senior management of the Agency also present. Assisting the Chairperson in the execution of his/her office and supporting the Agency Supervisory Board and its Subordinate Committees and Working Group(s) is an ASB Independent Secretariat, responsible for administration, and co-located with the Agency in Luxembourg

At its recent meeting the ASB discussed a series of important subjects and governance aspects, such as the Agency Reform Roadmap with reference to the 2013 NSPA Business Plan, the Organizational Design and the Financial Plan. The General Manager presented proposals for the realignment and restructuring of the organization, in Headquarters and in the Logistics Operations business unit.

In his closing remarks the Chairman, Mr Per Christensen, said "The NSPO Agency Supervisory Board is impressed with the accomplishments of the new Agency"...

The Chairman was clear that the nations had been impressed by the scope and results of the Agency’s transition efforts, since its establishment in July this year. They were also impressed that the Agency staff had risen to the considerable challenges of Agencies Reform and added that the General Manager has strong support among the Nations to continue with the transformation. NATO policy was clear on the need for nations to cooperate on smart defence, because defending the North Atlantic Area together is much smarter and efficient than defending it country by country. The NSPA was contributing to this through its smart support initiatives and nations were appreciating the efficiency and value for money by tackling support activities together. There was considerable potential for increased business in the future for Agency.