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Nordic Defence Cooperation

The NORDEFCO structure includes political and military cooperation levels. In the Policy Steering Committee, nations are represented by senior departmental officers, such as the Policy Director, The Military Coordination Committee consists of flag-officers, representing the nations´ chiefs of defence. 

The NORDEFCO structure is a cooperation structure, not a command structure. Cooperation activities initiated from top or bottom are facilitated and agreed within in the structure, but the actual realization and participation in activities remain national decisions.

Once a cooperation activity is implemented, it will be run by the regular, existing national chain of command. When the activity is being implemented, a NORDEFCO agreement will decide upon a framework or lead nation concept for the activity. Examples of this could be educational cooperation, where responsiblity is divided between the nations or a common exercise plan with a rotating host nation scheme for major exercises.


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