The Acquisition and Cross Service Agreement (ACSA) is the fundamental framework for military logistics cooperation. This important international agreement provides for the exchange of logistics, supplies and services on a repayable basis. It focuses on logistical support. The agreement does not commit a country to take military action. AN ACSA is a bilaterally negotiated agreement with U.S. allies or coalition partners that allows U.S. forces to share the most common types of assistance, including food, fuel, transportation, ammunition and equipment. The power to negotiate these agreements is generally delegated by the Minister of Defence to the captain. The power to implement these agreements rests with the Minister of Defence and may or may not be delegated.
These arrangements are used to address logistical failures that cannot be properly corrected at the national level, in accordance with legal provisions applicable to events, peacekeeping operations, unforeseen emergencies or emergency exercises. The assistance received or granted is reimbursed under the terms of the acquisition and cross-service contract. Cross-service agreements with authorized countries and international organizations provide for the reciprocal availability of LSSS with the country`s armed forces or with the international organization. The Minister of Defence must consult with the Secretary of State and assault the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services and International Relations Committees 30 days in advance before designating non-NATO countries as having the authority to enter into cross-service agreements. The Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) is negotiated on a bilateral basis between the United States and its NATO allies or coalition partners, allowing U.S. forces to exchange the most common types of assistance, including food, fuel, transportation, ammunition and equipment.
The agreement does not commit a country to take military action.
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