Standardization in NATO:

Improving the Effectiveness and Economy of Mutual Defense Efforts

PSAD-78-2: Published: Jan 19, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 1978.

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The proliferation of different weapons systems developed by the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has increased the cost of maintaining existing forces, limited the force levels, and reduced the overall potential combat effectiveness.

NATO has voiced a new resolve to intensify its mutual efforts to achieve more defense for the resources expended. Current interoperability initiatives are attempting to overcome the results of the present nonstandardization. Achieving standardization for the long term, however, will require identification and resolution of significant economic and political problems.

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