Defence Ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization arrived for a two-day meeting at N.A.T.O.?
Defence Ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization arrived for a two-day meeting at N.A.T.O. Headquarters, Paris, Mar 31, and began with a detailed statement by Western Germany's Defence Minister, Josef Strauss, of Germany's needs for supply bases and training facilities.
It was generally agreed that there must be more integration of the supply system in Central Europe. NATO's previous insistence that member countries should build up enough supplies to last for 90 days seems likely to be dropped, judging from an outstanding to contribution to the discussion by NATO Supreme Commander, General Norstad.
Considerable acclaim was given to a paper presented by Britain's Defence Minister, Harold Watkinson, on operational and logistic requirements for NATO should war break out in Europe. He made clear his doubts about the wisdom and practicability of planning for a ninety-day was as suggested by Western Germany - but was careful not to refer to a 30-day period as being the "first phase" in a war involving Europe.
The picture that emerges so far, therefore, is that there will be more integration under NATO of such common commodities as petrol, tyres, standardized ammunition, and possibly of spare parts for many NATO aircraft and tanks, which are of American make.