NATO’s dedication to the adoption of UID is becoming more evident. A newly-released, 75-page guide titled NATO Guidance on Unique Identification (UID) of Items (July 2010) gives detailed instruction for implementing UID across 28 independent member countries.

This very comprehensive document covers the proper marking of items requiring UID, in accordance with the STANAG 2290. It also deals with the exchange of UID and pedigree data and management between organizations for upload of items to various UID Registries.

Finally, it emphasizes the rationale for adopting UID as a global standard across NATO, citing increased efficiencies in maintaining items, reduced costs in supporting items, and accurate access to reliable equipment and weapons for brave soldiers who are put in harms way.

You can find the guide at