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NATO Software Management Policy

The NATO Software Management Policy aims to improve Alliance operational interoperability in the most efficient way. It states the principles for software management in terms of the business management and the operational and technical management for software. This policy applies to software used for operational and administrative functions, specifically developed by NATO or acquired for NATO through common funding and is referred to as NATO software. The policy excludes both software that is embedded into hardware systems and Commercial-of-the-Shelf (COTS) software solutions. For Alliance interoperability it is recommended that Authorities of NATO Nations apply this policy for collective acquisitions. Within NATO, software management is essential for an efficient and effective Information and Communications Technology (ICT) support for the NATO Enterprise and the Allies. The policy states appropriate principles, but avoids unnecessary restrictions and duplications in support of the Alliance’s demands with respect to Consultation, Command and Control (C3) capability needs. In accordance with the strategic principle of Adopt, Buy or Create (ABC), NATO Software represents the result of a Create’ solution.

C3 Policies and Directives