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An examination of several features needed by jointly financed spare parts inventories operated for weapon systems common to NATO countries. The study attempts to show the important problems that such an undertaking would face and suggests solutions to them. It is urged that the participating countries should build, in the NATO Supply Center, joint inventories for prompt service, and should commit themselves to the full use of these inventories. For achieving best results, materiel should be available to the users on requisition, certain procurement functions should be delegated by the countries, weapon system partnerships should be developed, both purposes and inventory ranges should be clearly defined, and costs should be shared on a planned and equitable basis.

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