History

Member Nations identified a need to design, develop, procure and use safer munitions (with IM emphasis) and recognized the benefits of establishing a focal point within NATO to assist National and NATO munitions development and logistics programmes to address the problems associated with achieving Munitions Safety. 

  • 1979: the NATO AC/310 was created from AC/258;

  • 1986: an AC/310 IM-Specific Working Group was created;

  • 1988: the Pilot NIMIC was created. The original members were CAN, FRA, NLD, NOR, GBR, USA;

  • 1991: NIMIC was established and transitioned to the NATO HQ (CAN, FRA, NLD, GBR, USA);

  • 1994/5: Spain, Australia (NATO Contact Nation), Norway & Italy joined NIMIC;

  • 2002: Sweden and Finland, both Partners for Peace Nations, joined;

  • 2003: AC/310 and AC/258 were merged into AC/326 - CNAD Ammunition Safety Group;

  • 2003/4: NIMIC transitioned into MSIAC;

  • 2005: Germany, the 12th member nation, joined MSIAC;

  • 2013: Belgium joined.

  • 2018: Poland and South-Korea are the latest nations to join bringing the total number of members at 15.

MSIAC is directed by a Steering Committee (SC) of senior representatives from each Member Nation. Several SC Members are also their National Delegates to AC/326, which facilitates the interrelationship with and support provided by MSIAC. A founding principle is that in addition to supporting its Member Nations, MSIAC will directly support NATO and AC/326 in its Programmes of Work (POWs); e.g., Defence Against Terrorism (DAT), Armaments Relations with NATO Partners, Interoperability and Standardization, Munitions Health Monitoring (MHM), Explosive Safety and Munitions Risk Management (ESMRM). 

MSIAC is staffed with Technical Specialist Officers (TSOs), civilian/military subject matter experts from its Member Nations. MSIAC collects and distributes information, provides analysis and recommendations via answered Technical Questions, Open and Limited Reports, Software Tools, Databases, training and workshops in five major areas that relate to munitions life cycle safety: threats to munitions; explosives (energetic materials); system related technical issues; materials science and munitions movement and storage related logistical issues.  MSIAC helps AC/326 and its Sub-Groups identify potential munitions safety issues and standardization and resolution opportunities.

MSIAC Member Nations include eleven NATO Allies, two Partners for Peace (PfP), and two Contact Nations.  MSIAC is funded in whole by its Member Nations; those with the largest national defence budgets pay two shares and the rest pay one share each of the total costs. The cost of each Share (84K Euros in 2018) and the distribution of the Shares is determined by our SC. Currently several additional Nations (NATO Allies, MD, and Contact Nations) are actively considering joining MSIAC.