NATO Defence Planning Process

The success is based on cooperation and coordination between all relevant entities.

In April 2009, NATO endorsed the outline model of the NATO Defence Planning Process (NDPP) and the Defence Ministers approved its Implementation and Transition Plan in June 2009.

The NDPP provides a specific methodology and mechanism bringing the political and military strategic levels closer together and engaging them in a common, functionally integrated method towards Defence Planning. The process is based on an integrated five-step approach and operates within the NATO committee structure. The Defence Policy and Planning Committee is the central body that oversees the work of NATO bodies and committees responsible for the planning domains.

With this planning tool, which represents a change in NATO’s ability to assist nations in their efforts to develop their forces and capabilities, the effective symbiosis, as well as efficient cooperation between military, industry and research facilities, may be further improved. By supporting each other within the broad field of research and by exchanging knowledge and “know how” the NDPP fosters synergies and has become increasingly relevant.

The Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is the primary Strategic Command responsible for the NDPP Step 2, “Determine Requirements” and the initial part of Step 3, “Apportion Requirements and Set Targets”. For this, ACT heavily relies on inputs and the support from other NATO bodies, the Nations – and of course also the COEs.

Within our entire scope of Subject Matter Expertise, the COE CSW contributes to the NDPP and related reviews of documents and products such as Capability Codes & Statements and Case Studies.

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