Declaration of Interim Capability for the ACO Contract Integrator Functionality

04 July 2013

As agreed with SHAPE, on 3 July 2013 the NATO Response Force (NRF) Planning Cell in Logistics Operations and Plans Office (LL) and the LL NSPA Embedded Planning Officer at SHAPE will combine and be renamed as the ACO Contract Integrator (CI).

This would mark Phase 1 of the evolution of the CI functionality delivering the initial capability for ACO. The ACO CI is intended to act as a focus for the development and management of a suite of standing rapidly useable enabling contracts (RUEC) for use on future operations and exercises, to provide ACO with unbiased advice on contracted support for operations and to establish and maintain a dialogue with industry. The CI concept was developed and endorsed by the Logistics Committee in May 2010 and subsequently approved by the Military Committee. The CI initiative became dovetailed with the intention to establish a range of RUECs in the proposed list of required capabilities endorsed at the Lisbon Summit.

The aim in Phase 2 is to establish a three-person CI cell at SHAPE in 2014 with reach back to the Capellen CI planners. Phase 3 would achieve full capability with two additional posts created, one each at Joint Headquarters Naples and Brunssum. This is unlikely to happen before 2015. The intent is to establish RUECs at various stages of readiness with at least three services (fuel, Real Life Support and Medical) resourced by the Budget Committee as assured access contracts. The RUECs would be designed to cater for a Major Joint Operation (MJO) which is generally described as a land Corps-sized force or equivalent.

Achieving the status of ACO Contract Integrator represents the consolidation and recognition of the Agency’s effort to support NATO operations, especially over the last 6 years in Afghanistan, and recognizes the unique skill sets and experience that now reside within NSPA.