NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG)
The NIAG, formed in 1968, is a high-level consultative and advisory group of senior industrialists of NATO member countries acting under the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), the principal forum in NATO for Armaments Cooperation.
The aims of NIAG are to provide:
- A forum of free exchange of views on industrial, technical, and economic management of research, development and production of armaments equipment within the Alliance.
- Industry’s advice to the CNAD on fostering government-to-industry and industry-to-industry armaments cooperation.
- Optional use of NIAG resources to assist CNAD armaments groups in exploring opportunities for international collaboration, and ways to satisfy NATO military requirements.
Historically the main area of activity has been to conduct pre-feasibility studies. Up to now more than 120 studies have been completed. Areas involved vary from strictly technical to specific areas like STANAGs and ONST. NIAG also provides high level advice on important general problems.
The United States’ component of the NIAG is a group of nine senior industrialists who have national and international defense program experience (President, Senior Vice President, or Vice President level). Members of the U.S. delegation to the NIAG are nominated by the major U.S. defense industry associations including NDIA, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and Government Electronic Industries Technology Association (GEIA). Delegates serve four-year terms to enhance program continuity.
Please click here to read the NIAG Chairman's Annual Report to the CNAD.
Please click here to read the DoD NIAG Delegation Handbook.
Download/Print/View the NIAG Update - July 2013.