Business Opportunities with NATO

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) encourages U.S. firms to pursue bidding opportunities with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). U.S. firms may pursue NATO bidding opportunities in two ways: by participating in International Competitive Bidding (ICB) and by registering as a supplier with the NATO agencies.

NATO International Competitive Bidding

For bidding on infrastructure projects (e.g., satellite telecommunications, information technology, and building construction) valued at a minimum of €156,000, the NATO agencies and commands implement International Competitive Bidding (ICB).

NATO ICB requires that qualified firms be nominated to the bidders list by their governments. BIS pre-approves U.S. firms for participation in NATO ICB by reviewing the one-time NATO ICB application.

A link to the NATO ICB application and instructions can also be found in each of the ICB pre-solicitation announcements that BIS posts on FedBizOpps (search Department of Commerce/Bureau of Industry and Security).

To apply for participation in NATO ICB, please submit a completed application and supporting documents by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Once a firm has been approved for participation in NATO ICB, the firm notifies BIS each time it wants to be nominated to the bidders list for a NATO ICB project. BIS will then know to issue a Declaration of Eligibility, which is the document used to nominate a pre-approved firm to the bidders list for a particular ICB procurement.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on NATO ICB.

Self-Registration as a Supplier

Joining a supplier database is a good way to become known to a NATO agency. The NATO agencies use their databases to compile bidder lists and distribute Requests for Proposals. The following NATO agencies offer self-registration:

NATO Support Agency (NSPA)

The NATO Support Agency (NSPA) is the principal logistics support agency within NATO. NSPA offers the majority of its opportunities to firms registered in its Source File. NSPA procures supplies, repair and maintenance services, demilitarization equipment, security items, road repair materials, and engineering/technical support.

NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA)

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) is the principal agency involved in the research and development, procurement, and implementation of C3 capabilities within NATO. Qualified suppliers establish Basic Ordering Agreements (BOAs) with NCIA for a specified range of goods and services.

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) is a major contracting agency for NATO Crisis Response Operations.

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT)

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) focuses on the transformation of NATO forces and capabilities. The ACT command is co-located with the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

   

Strategic Industries and Economic Security Resources  

Strategic Industries & Economic Security
Michael Vaccaro, Director

Susan Kramer, Acting Director
Defense Programs Division and Strategic Analysis Division

 Todd Willis, Director
Munitions Control Division

Phone: 202-482-4506
Fax: 202-482-5650

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of Commerce
Bureau of Industry and Security
14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Room 3876
Washington, DC 20230