Military Partnerships

The NATO Military Partnership contributes to increased international stability and security through cooperative engagement with forces of non-NATO countries establishing with them though the NATO Partnership Programme direct operational and technical connectivity. 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 AIRCOM is fully integrated in the HQ AIRCOM structure while maintaining 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. Since the summer of 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 upcoming ones.

Partner Air Chiefs Conference

The main mission performed by AIRCOM Military Partnership are Expert Staff Visits (ESVs), Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) and Operational Capabilities Concept, Evaluation and Feedback (OCC E&F) visits.
ESVs generally the first performed in a Partner country aim at defining precisely the requirements of the Partner Air Force through meetings between Military Partnership officers and senior Partner Air Force officers. They also establish what AIRCOM can provide in support and pave the way for MTT missions.
These MTT missions involve Military Partnership as well as other Subject Matter Experts from AIRCOM to cover topics desired by the Partner country. MTT visits usually start with briefings and questions and answer sessions about NATO doctrine and procedures in special fields such as Joint Personnel Recovery or Forward Air Controllers.
The goal of OCC E&F is more ambitious, as this concept takes place after a dedicated process and permits selected Air units (fighter, transport or helicopter squadrons, air defence units etc.) to be assessed and fully integrated into NATO Air exercises and operations.
In addition to these missions, HQ AIRCOM Military Partnership organises seminars to further hone interoperability, e.g. the Aeromedical Evaluation in Sweden in 2013 and the Partner Air Chiefs Conference at Ramstein in 2014.


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