Mr. John Bosmans
Future Forces Forum
Manager General and Cooperative Services Programme
NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
John Bosmans is Belgian national, born 31st January 1956. Son of a career military, stationed in Germany, he spent much of his youth abroad before returning to Belgium in 1970. In 1971, at the age of 15 he starts his lower secondary studies at the Royal Cadet School in Brussels and achieves a degree in Science and Mathematics. In 1974 he is qualified to start his studies at the Royal Military School in Brussels and achieves a Masters degree in Military and Social Science and specialized in Applied Mechanics. In 1979 he starts his military career as an Army Logistics Officer in Germany in the 4th Maintenance Company of a Mechanized Brigade in the Soest sector. In 1983 he becomes Technical officer of the 51 Logistics Battalion, stationed near Aachen in Germany. In 1985 he assumes the Commander position of a Supply Company responsible for Corps sustainment in various classes of supply. It includes a Corps level field bakery and an expeditionary Fuel System Supply Point (mobile fuel farm). In 1988 he takes his Officers Staff Course at the Royal Defence College in Brussels and returns for duty as the Logistics Officer of the 4th Mechanized Brigade in Soest (Germany). As the Brigade Logistician he successfully leads the effort of dismantling the Brigade as Belgian Defence Reform pulled back forces from Germany. In 1992 he becomes a Major and is assigned to the Logistics Division at Tervuren, responsible for interfacing between the users and operations of the Army Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System. In 1993 he is selected to take the Higher Staff Course at the Royal Defence College. He delivers a thesis on Personnel Information Systems and achieves with distinction the title of General Staff Officer. In 1994 he is appointed the Commander of the 1st Maintenance Company of the 1st Mechanized Brigade and leads the successful merger of a national maintenance support centre in his Company. In 1996 he supports the integration into the Logistics Battalion of the Brigade. Shortly after becoming Lieutenant-Colonel, he is assigned in 1997 Commander of the 92nd Logistics Battalion responsible for depot level supply of electronic end items, components and spare parts. The Battalion manages a yearly procurement budget of approximately 250 million EURO. In that period the warehouse storage systems are automated, leading to increase of efficiencies. The Battalion is also sending out logistics contingents to support operations in the Balkans. In June 2000 he is appointed Professor Logistics at the Royal Defence College, coordinator of the Joint Operations curriculum and responsible for the outreach programme. In 2001 he makes Colonel General Staff and shortly after his promotion, is tasked to establish the newly created G4 Division of the Land Component in the context of the Belgian Defence Reform. The G4 Division ensures operational and logistics readiness of the Land Component with functional control of the six organic Logistic Battalions. In 2003 he starts his multinational NATO Logistics career and becomes the Branch Head Logistics Operations and Plans in Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS). He arrives at a time JFCBS takes control over ISAF operations and leads the NRF effort. He is instrumental in improving with his team the sustainment in ISAF (mainly in the area of bulk fuel supply) and leads the development of MC526 – the NRF Logistics Concept, the foundation for the well-known Joint Logistics Support Group (JSG). In 2006 he is selected to assume the position of Executive Officer of the Chief of Staff JFCBS and becomes familiar with the wide array of operational functions of JFCBS leading the major operation in Afghanistan. In 2007 he is successful in competing for the position of Executive Officer in the NATO Maintenance Supply Agency in Capellen (G.D. Luxembourg). In 2012, as NAMSA is integrated into the NATO Support Agency (NSPA), he is handpicked to serve in the temporary role as Transformation Czar, working directly for the General Manager and the Executive Board on development and execution of NATO Support Agency initiatives, developing all aspects of implementation planning for the Agency. On 1 May 2016 he is appointed the Manager of the NSPA General & Cooperative Services Programme. John Bosmans is married to Carine and has a son Marc who practices as a Neuropsychologist.