Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is NSPA’s mission?
The mission of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency - NATO Support and Procurement Organisation’s executive body - is to provide responsive, effective and cost-efficient logistics, operational and systems support and services to the Allies, NATO Military Authorities and partner nations, individually and collectively, in time of peace, crisis and war, and where required, to maximize the ability and flexibility of their armed forces, contingents, and other relevant organisations, within the guidance provided by the NAC, to execute their core missions.
What is the vision for NSPA?
The vision for the NATO Support and Procurement Agency is called Smart Support and intends to combine NATO’s existing logistics and procurement support activities into a single organisation that fully leverages current capabilities and builds on them to be ready to support NATO in the future as it pursues Smart Defence. The agency will provide integrated support solutions based on best practices for Smart Defence, evolving capabilities and future NATO operations at the lowest cost.
It is purposely intended to "nest" under the framework of Smart Defence and to serve as a critical enabler for its objectives. So while cost savings is a key goal, we will also bring a new generation of support solutions to NATO.
What is Smart Defence?
Smart Defence is a new way of thinking about generating the modern defence capabilities the Alliance needs for the coming decade and beyond to ensure that the Alliance can acquire and maintain the capabilities required to achieve its goals for NATO Forces 2020 by a series of concrete multinational projects, and a commitment to a new approach and a new mindset as regards the acquisition and maintenance of capabilities in the long term. It is a renewed culture of cooperation that encourages Allies to cooperate in developing, acquiring and maintaining military capabilities to undertake the Alliance’s essential core tasks agreed in the new NATO strategic concept. That means pooling and sharing capabilities, setting priorities and coordinating efforts better.
For the purposes of Smart Defence, the Alliance nations must give priority to those capabilities which NATO needs most, specialize in what they do best, and look for multinational solutions to shared problems. NATO can act as intermediary, helping the nations to establish what they can do together at lower cost, more efficiently and with less risk.
Smart Defence means ensuring greater security for less money in times of austerity where each euro, dollar or pound sterling counts, and by working together with more flexibility.
How will the NSPA enable Smart Defence?
The NATO Support and Procurement Agency will play a critical role in the achievement of NATO’s objectives, particularly Smart Defence. The vision of the NSPA is intended to "nest" as Smart Support under the framework of Smart Defence and to serve as a critical enabler to its success, combining NATO’s existing logistics and procurement support activities into the NSPA as a single organisation that fully leverages current capabilities and builds on them to provide integrated support solutions. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency will provide integrated multinational support solutions based on lessons learned, and leverage best practices in order to preserve flexibility in the execution of NATO operations and missions. It will also entail the development of multinational logistics capabilities that support (new) Smart Defence initiatives by expanding and enhancing the existing operations support portfolio. While delivering Smart Support, the NSPA will build on the Connected Forces Initiative to enhance international cooperation, increase interoperability through better partnering and ensure that the Alliance forces are able to operate efficiently and effectively together. Sharing capabilities between nations that have similar needs will create synergies in support and consolidation of customer requirements, thus enabling consolidated procurement, and allow better leveraging industry capacities.
Thus the NATO Support and Procurement Agency will realise cost savings by reducing overhead costs, taking full advantage of best practices aiming at improving support at lower cost, and at the same time increasing efficiency and effectiveness.