NATO - AAP-20
PHASED ARMAMENTS PROGRAMMING SYSTEM (PAPS)
|Publication Date:||4 February 2010|
PAPS provides a systematic and coherent, yet flexible, framework for promoting cooperative programmes on the basis of harmonised military requirements. It is a guidance document and should not be regarded as a set of formal and mandatory steps in the implementation of CNAD projects.
This document focuses on the formulation of armaments systems' requirements and the management of an armament programme throughout the system life cycle, including accelerated fielding (rapid acquisition) and technology insertion. While this guidance addresses the system life cycle stages in detail, it should be used in conjunction with AAP- 48 in order to clearly define the detailed systems engineering processes employed to deliver the PAPS stages defined herein.
This guide provides an enabling framework, bringing together existing examples of good practice from NATO Nations and Agencies, and highlights some of the potential pitfalls, risks and opportunities for managing a System of Interest (SOI).
This update draws extensively from the many contributions provided by NATO Nations and Agencies. Also included are specific templates, processes and generally accepted good principles in the form of a 'toolbox' (Annex 3) for an effective and efficient system life cycle management to fulfil the required capabilities.
In summary, PAPS:
• Describes how NATO or a group of nations begin a programme in terms of a required military capability, convert that need into specific requirements, achieve the deployment of equipment satisfying the need, support on-going engineering changes, and ultimately facilitate retirement.
• Provides terms and definitions for NATO Programmes to support the common understanding of the involved parties.
• Creates a best practice process as a model for an efficient implementation of NATO Programmes and as a basis for the future improvement.
• Offers a common basis for the planning, realisation and control of NATO Programmes with the focus on mitigating risks.
NATO and Nations should use this publication as a guide and therefore PAPS intends to support and complement national acquisition policies and not replace them. The NATOwide use of PAPS as an enabling framework will lead to a more effective and efficient provision of capabilities.