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CAPT David J. Stavish
Commanding Officer
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CDR Jonas Gil
Executive Officer
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MMCS Rich Hansen
Senior Enlisted Leader

Mission and Vision

ACT is NATO's leading agent for change, driving, facilitating, and advocating continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to maintain and enhance the military relevance and effectiveness of the Alliance.

NATO Multi-National Reserve Unit (a.k.a.: Network)'s mission is to support NATO requirements through the voluntary contributions of participating nation's Reserve forces. This effort will contribute to more effective utilization of Alliance resources and promote the meaningful contributions of Alliance Reserve forces. Additionally, increased collaboration among multiple NATO Members' Reserve Forces will further enhance the exchange of best practices/lessons learned and lead to the development of improved reserve capabilities across NATO.

Support of ACT Strategic Objectives:

Instructional Support Strategic Military Partners; Industry Day; Concept Development & Experimentation (CD&E); NATO Network Enabled Capability (NNEC)
SACT Seminars & Symposium SME's at NATO School Courses; NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC); HQ
NATO Exercise Support STEADFAST and TRIDENT series exercising NATO Response Force. Various roles including: white cell, media, operations, intelligence, logistics etc. ALLIED REACH, CWIX, VIKING civil military exercise
ISAF (RS) & Follow on TE Support (4-6 TE's annually - ISAF HQ training, and RC(N) and RC(S) tactical training) in support of Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), Stavanger, Norway; and Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Lesson Learned Support ACO, Joint Analysis & Lesson Learned Centre (JALLC) support (Lisbon, Portugal)
MCC Northwood Support N2 Counter Piracy, Maritime Shipping centre Support
Centers of Excellence To liaison and support the various 16 COE's throughout Europe
NATO ACO Support MARCO, SHAPE support

Unit Information

Multi-National Reserve Network Background

  • NATO Nations & Partners are invited to provide 1-2 (or more) Reservists (part-time reservists – NOT full time) to be part of the ACT Multi-National Reserve Network
  • Number of man-days of support dependent upon national laws and regulations
    • For example, US Reservists supporting ACT provide 14-21 days per year of support
  • All ACT Multi-National Reserve Component participation would be VNC
  • To minimize cost/travel for nations, support locations in Europe and remote support maximized for individual reservist
  • NATO Multi-National Reserve Unit (NMRU) will serve as the primary coordinator for:
    • Matching NATO ACT Requirements and Resources (personnel)
    • Communication Flow (e.g. disseminate requirements to NPOCs, updates on Network activities, coordinate NPOC responses)
  • National Point of Contact (NPOCs) for each participating nation will assist in matching Requirements to available Resources

Multi-National Reserve Network Information Flow

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National Point of Contact (NPOC) Process & Decision Flow

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Multi-National Reserve Network Members & Employment

11 Nations currently part of the NMRN:

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, US

2014 Employment:

5 German Reservists: JWC, JFTC (x2), NATO School, and COE (Medical)

2015 Goals:

  • Place 1-2 Reservists from each NMRN member-nation into NATO requirements
  • Add more NATO/Partner nations to the NMRN
  • Expand knowledge/understanding of Network throughout NATO
  • Emphasis on MARCOM support (TRIDENT JEWEL)

Multi-National Reserve Network SOP

1. Operational Concept:

It is intended that this NMRN would be comprised of reservists from NATO and Partnership nations, on a voluntary basis, to provide reservists to support specific NATO requirements.
Requirements will originate at NATO ACT, NATO subordinate Commands (e.g. JWC, JALLC, JFTC), or NATO Centres of Excellence (COEs). These requirements will be collected and identified as Reserve applicable via the NATO ACT Operational Support Officer or the NATO Multinational unit (NMRU). Once identified, these requirements will be distributed to all participating nations in the NMRN via the NPOCs.
Whenever possible NPOCs are encouraged to identify and provide Reserve manning resources to the NMRN for future requirement matching and/or coordination.

General Guidelines:

  • To be a participating nation within the NMRN, each nation must agree to support this operational construct and provide a national point of contact (NPOC).
  • It is emphasized that each participating nation is providing Reserve support on a voluntary basis and there is no associated NATO/ACT budget in direct support of the NMRN.
  • The NMRU, a NATO ACT Reserve Unit (U.S.), will be the primary coordinating component responsible for matching NATO requirements to NMRN Reserve capabilities.

2. Participating Nations' Responsibilities:

  • Identify a NPOC who has the authority to match national reserve support to the identified NMRN requirements;
  • Provide Military Member Information form (see Appendix B) for each participating Reservist to compile a database of skills and contact information;
  • Adhere to the nation's reserve policies with respect to reserve affairs;
  • Ensure follow-through coordination is completed with the NATO command requesting support; and
  • Provide feedback information to the NMRU on requirement status, lessons-learned to improve the NMRN process, and the experiences of the participating Reservists supporting NMRN requirements.

3. NMRU Responsibilities:

The NMRU is a group of U.S. reservists assigned to ACT Headquarters who are familiar with the NATO organization and the support requirements for which reserve support is desired.

  • Identify those NATO requirements which can be met with reserve resources;
  • Disseminate identified reserve requirements to each NPOC;
  • Transparently coordinate all NPOC responses to fill identified requirements;
  • Ensure offered Reserve resources identified by NPOCs are distributed to the applicable NATO Commands; and
  • Periodically report on NMRN activities to stakeholders (e.g. NRFC, NATO ACT)

4. Process Overview:

The decision of each NATO nation to participate, or to not participate, in the NMRN is strictly voluntary. Furthermore, the amount and type of reserve participation within the NMRN is solely at the discretion of each participating nation. To be clear, each nation will make its own decisions if it participates, and on how/when it participates. Additionally, there is no NATO or ACT funding to support any nation's NMRN activities – each nation must fund all of its NMRN activities.

The only pre-requisite for a nation to join the NMRN is to provide ACT with a NPOC. Within ACT, the NMRU serves as the ACT point of contact to coordinate and match NMRN activities.
The NMRU provides all NPOCs with a summary report of suitable NATO requirements as required. This report is called the "NMRN Reserve Requirement Update" (NRRU). The intention is to provide as much information as possible for each Reserve Requirement so NPOCs are able to determine if their nation's reservists may be able to provide the requested support. For example, the update will contain:

  • NATO organization requesting support;
  • Rank of reservist requested;
  • Dates of support;
  • Location of event;
  • Job description; and
  • Other relevant information.

Additionally, the NMRU will identify NATO requirements suitable for Reserve support as far in advance as possible. It should be understood that some of these NATO requirements may be provided without complete information and/or on short notice.

The NPOC (see Appendix C) will review the NRRU and determine if any of their nation's reservists are candidates for providing the requested support. If the NPOC determines that their nation desires to provide reservists for a NATO requirement listed on the NRRU, then the NPOC will contact the NMRU and make an official offer of support. The NMRU will review the official offers of support received from the NPOCs and determine which reserve resource offered best meets the specific NATO requirement.

Resource selection will be a transparent process with the result(s) provided to all NPOCs. As stated previously, the NPOCs can submit Reserve availability to the NMRN for coordination. However, this does not guarantee that this resource will have a matched requirement.

The selected NPOC is responsible to fulfill the NATO requirement and manage their reserve resources with the originating NATO organization. The NPOC will also provide feedback information to the NMRU, including the status of the NMRN Reserve Requirement, lessons-learned to improve the NMRN process, the experiences of the participating Reservists supporting, and any other relevant information.