EXERCISE CAPABLE LOGISTICIAN SERIES
NATO began logistics standardization and interoperability exercises during the 1990s, when it was first recognized that there was a real need to improve interoperability and standardization between NATO members. The exercises started out very functional and evolved over time culminating in Logistics Standardization and Interoperability Exercise Collective Effort 2004 (CE04) conducted in the Boletice Military Training Area, Czech Republic. During CE04 all the primary logistics functional areas were combined into one large exercise. However, no similar exercise has been conducted since 2004. Therefore the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre (MLCC) proposed to conduct such an exercise in 2013.
The main objective of these important logistics events is to test and develop collective solutions for logistics, assess interoperability of logistics systems, services and equipment and enhance standardization of procedures in current and future operations; together with validation of existing NATO logistics standardization agreements and testing Smart Defense logistics projects. The exercises provide an opportunity to test interoperability and standardization projects and practice them in the context of the current NATO operations.