Within NATO, a standardization agreement (STANAG, redundant: STANAG agreement) sets out processes, procedures, conditions and conditions for common military or technical procedures or equipment between Alliance member countries. Each NATO state ratifies a STANAG and implements it within its own military. The aim is to provide common operational and administrative procedures and logistics so that one military member state can use the business and support of another military member. STANAGs also form the basis of technical interoperability between a large number of communication and information systems (CIS) essential to NATO and the Allied operation. Allied Data Publication 34 (ADatP-34) NATO Interoperability Standards and Profiles, covered by STANAG 5524, maintains a catalogue of relevant standards for information and communication technologies. NATO authorities` standardization products enable the Alliance`s armed forces and their new partners to cooperate effectively and effectively. 1715. The standardization of operations and materials is interdependent. Standardization in key operational areas, such as mission concepts, doctrines, procedures and requirements, will significantly improve the prospects for equipment standardization. In return, new technologies will often require the reformulation of doctrine and will almost always lead to changes in operational procedures. The benefits of increased material standardization are only fully exploited when operational aspects are fully harmonized. A STANAG is a normative document that records an agreement between several or all NATO member states – which has been ratified at the national approved level – in order to implement a standard in whole or in part, with or without reservation.

1712. As a general rule, corporate standardization is the responsibility of MAS, while the standardization of materials is the responsibility of the CNAD. Other NATO bodies such as the NATO C3 Board (NC3B), the NATO Senior Logisticians Conference (SNLC), the NPC, the Research and Technology Board (R-TB) and the IMS divisions are also involved in standardization. The NATO Standards Office (NSO) facilitates the participation of standardization planning areas in the NATO Defence Planning (NDPP) process to achieve interoperability. The NDPP aims to coordinate the national and multinational development of the armed forces and capabilities for all allied missions. Standardization contributions to the NDPP improve the interoperability of these forces and capabilities. The NATO Standardization Documents Database (NSDD) provides consolidated storage of all NATO standardization documents and related information, including national ratification data. The NATO Standardization Staff Group (NSSG) assists the NSO Director. It is a personnel-level forum that facilitates the coherence of NATO`s standardization activities and procedures in all NATO bodies, particularly standards bodies1. 1713. The standardization of terminology is essential for a common understanding of all documentation relating to standardization activities.

The GLOSSary of NATO Terms and Definitions (AAP-6) is NATO`s main reference document, which contains official terms and definitions. In addition, the NATO specialist provides glossary terms and definitions to terminology authorized by NATO in specialized areas. 1716. Operational standardization aims to use common concepts, doctrines, procedures, procedures or formats to improve the operational interoperability of alliance and PFP forces. The objectives of material standardization aim to develop and acquire, as needed, compatible, interoperable, interchangeable or common materials for alliance and pfP forces.