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The governance of the Strategic Airlift Capability is organized through two cooperating structures, the SAC Steering Board and the NAM Programme Board.

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SAC Steering Board and the NAM Programme Board are the independent governing bodies of the SAC program. The boards consisting of the representatives of the member nations meet bi-annually. Photo: NAM Programme Office

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SAC Boards and their Responsibilities

NAM / SAC Relationship

The Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) was established in 2008 following the entry into effect of a Memorandum of Understanding for strategic airlift capability. By signing this MoU, the twelve SAC participants agreed to use NATO for the acquisition, management and sustainment of three C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and other assets, as well as for the support to the operator of the aircraft, the multinational military Heavy Airlift Wing, stationed at Pápa Air Base, Hungary.

The precursor of the NAM Programme, the NATO Airlift Management Organisation (NAMO) was also established in 2008 by the North Atlantic Council, through the activation of the NAMO Charter. In July 2012, NAMO merged with the NATO Maintenance and Supply Organisation (NAMSO) and the Central Europe Pipeline Management Organisation (CEPMO) to form the NATO Support and Procurement Organisation (NSPO).

Former NAMO activities in support of SAC were transferred to the NAM Programme, an integral part of NSPO responsible for acquiring, managing and supporting airlift assets and providing financial, logistical, and administrative services for the military force that operates NAM Programme owned aircraft.

The NAM Programme comprises of the NAM Programme Board with any subordinate committees and the NAM Programme Office. Through the SAC Memorandum of Understanding, the NAM Programme Office is executing the ownership roles and responsibilities for the assigned aircraft and other assets, and performs configuration / sustainment management of the C-17 weapon system. In addition, it contracts on a competitive basis logistics support identified by the Commander of the Heavy Airlift Wing, administers approved operations budgets for the HAW and provides legal, procurement and information technology services for the wing. Personnel and budgets contributed to this military unit correspond to the SAC participating nations' share of flight hours.

LEARN MORE: NAM Programme Office



The symbotic relationship between NAM and SAC can simply be described as one between a customer (SAC) and a provider (NAM Programme).

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The relationship between SAC and the NAM Programme described in a diagram.

SAC sets requirements and the NAM Programme executes those requirements. At the head of each of the two organisations sits a decision-making body, the SAC Steering Board and the NAM Programme Board, respectively. Of necessity the two boards regularly consult with each other. This is facilitated by meeting in combined session, and by sharing the same Secretariat. In line with the NSPO Charter, the Secretariat is independent and funded at 28 nations. It is ultimately responsible to the Chairperson of the NSPO Agency Supervisory Board (ASB).

LEARN MORE: Contact information for SAC Organisations