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Standardization makes a vital contribution to the combined operational effectiveness of the military forces of the Alliance and enables opportunities to be exploited for making better use of economic resources.

Extensive efforts are made to improve cooperation and to eliminate duplication in the research, development, production, procurement and logistic support of defence systems, primarily through the promulgation of NATO Standardization Agreements, known as STANAGs.

Implementation of STANAGs helps countries to achieve the required levels of interoperability and to better accomplish their common strategic, operational and tactical tasks, to understand and execute command procedures, and to employ techniques, material and equipment more efficiently.

STANAG 6001 Edition 5 is the language standard throughout NATO.