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How to establish a National Codification Bureau (NCB)

Table of Contents

A.Study and Develop an Understanding of the NATO Codification System (NCS)3

Step 1:Familiarization – A core study team needs to establish a thorough understanding of the NCS so they may be able to articulate the basic process and champion the benefits both nationally and internationally with Defense decision-makers.3

Step 2:Concept approval and national support - The use of the NCS needs to be approved “in concept” by national authorities, and support given for detailed planning.3

Step 3:Develop a detailed understanding of NCS concepts, technical requirements and the options for implementation.3

B.Determine How to Apply the NATO Codification System Nationally4

Step 4:Conduct a detailed analysis of current national codification methods, and the interfaces and uses of codification data in logistics life-cycle applications.4

Step 5:Develop recommendations for national implementation. Propose these to decision makers and get approval to proceed to detailed implementation.4

C.Implementation of the NATO Codification System (NCS)5

Step 6:Establish legal and regulatory authority and assign responsibilities.5

Step 7:Identify and establish procedural changes that are required.5

Step 8:Determine Basic Infrastructure Development & Milestones6

D.Sample NCB Organization7

E.Develop Partnership Opportunities8

F.Bottom Line Advice8

G.Sample Agenda for NCS Workshop.9

H.Some useful Web site addresses and references.11


J.Potential time frame for developing a National Codification   Bureau.13

K.Excerpts From A Briefing By Mr. Jim Burns, Retired Chief Of The New Zealand NCB And Past Chairman Of The Pacific Area Cataloging System (PACS) Working GroupMade To The Group Of National Directors On Codification 2nd Annual Partnership Day Battle Creek, MI 20 May 199915

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