The NATO Military Partnership Programme contributes to
increased international stability and security through cooperative engagement
with forces of non-NATO countries establishing with them, direct operational
and technical connectivity.
Over the past 25 years, the Alliance has developed
a network of regional partnership frameworks with 41 partner countries from the
Euro-Atlantic area, the Mediterranean and the Gulf region, as well as individual
relationships with other partners across the globe. NATO pursues dialogue and
practical cooperation with these nations on a wide range of political and
The Military Partnership Directorate (MPD) at Mons, subordinate to both Allied Command Operations and Allied Command Transformation, is the central coordinating body for this task. The Military Partnership Branch at HQ Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) maintains strong links with the MPD as well as the Military Partnership Branches at the Joint Force Commands at Naples and Brunssum, Allied Land Command and Allied Maritime Command. From summer 2013, it has been responsible for executing all Air-related NATO Military Partnership missions. These missions are defined in an annual programme established during a dedicated workshop at which all NATO Military Partnership units and Partners gather to evaluate recent activities and plan future schedules.The main missions performed by the AIRCOM Military Partnership Branch are Expert Staff Visits (ESVs), Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) and Operational Capabilities Concept, Evaluation and Feedback (OCC E&F) visits. Through this process the requirements of both the Partner Air Force and NATO are defined , Subject Matter Experts utilised to advise and selected Air units (fighter, transport or helicopter squadrons, air defence units etc.) assessed and fully integrated into NATO Air exercises and operations.
At the Warsaw Summit, Allies underlined that they seek to contribute more to the efforts of the international community in projecting stability and strengthening security outside NATO territory. One of the means to do so is through cooperation and partnerships. NATO’s partnerships are beneficial to all involved and contribute to improved security for the broader international community.Read more on NATO Partners here: