NATO Life Cycle Management Group - Enhancing defence capabilities

30 July 2013


NSPA is heavily engaged in providing support to Systems Life Cycle Management at different life cycle stages. However, in the majority of NSPA’s logistics support projects, the responsibility for the overall system life cycle management remains with the user nations.

The ambition of NATO’s Systems Life Cycle Management (SLCM) policy is to optimise defence capabilities taking into account such factors as: performance, cost, schedule, quality, operational environments, integrated logistics support and obsolescence.

The Allied Committee AC/327 (NATO Life Cycle Management Group) has developed a number of strategic documents:

  • The activities, methods and techniques required to satisfy NATO SLCM policy are detailed in Allied Administrative Publication (AAP) 48 which is the implementation guidance for the NATO Policy for Systems Life Cycle Management (SLCM).
    AAP-48 translates the principles of NATO policy on SLCM into a common framework based on the civil standard ISO/IEC 15288 (Systems Engineering – System Life Cycle Processes) describing a working methodology and an integrated approach to life cycle management for defence related capabilities in the NATO context.
  • An interesting document for NSPA staff concerning the application of Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) is the Allied Logistics Publication ALP-10 NATO Guidance on Integrated Logistics Support for Multinational Armament Programmes.
  • Furthermore Allied Administrative Publication (AAP) 20 Phased Armaments Programming System (PAPS) provides a framework for establishing co-operative, joint, multi-national and commonly funded programmes.