NATO Standardization Experts Visit Ministry of Defense
CHISINAU, June 11, 2015 — This week, a group of experts from the NATO Standardization Office (NSO) paid a working visit to the Ministry of Defense. The group was led by Dieter Schmaglowski, NSO Deputy Director.
The group of experts met with Ministry of Defense and Main Staff servicemembers to discuss about the current situation of the standardization process within the National Army, standardization and interoperability within NATO, NATO organization of standardization, the assistance offered by NSO to partners in standardization, improvement of the implementation process of national standards and NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG), NSO web resources and their access and use.
The activity is carried out as part of the Interoperability Platform to which our country adhered at the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales and the participation of Moldovan servicemembers, together with other countries’ soldiers, to security and peacekeeping missions in Kosovo since March 2014. Thus, to make National Army servicemembers more interoperable, i.e. to work more efficiently with colleagues from other countries following similar standards, it is necessary to study and insert these standards in the educational system of the National Army. In this way, the visit of NSO experts was aimed to present the NATO experience in raising the standardization and interoperability level in the entire Alliance and the possibility to offer the necessary support for developing the standardization concept within the National Army.
The NATO Standardization Office (NSO) is a distinct structure within NATO having the mission to manage the standardization process within the Alliance. Its main activities are: participation in developing the NATO policy on standardization; improving the NATO standardization activities; outlining the rules for the development, ratifying, promulgation, and implementation of standardization products; support for other NATO structures in managing standardization products; development of policy and guides on NATO terminology; cooperation with civilian standardization bodies; publication of NATO standards, and promotion of the standardization process.