The NCI Agency organized the 1st Feasibility Study Workshop on Multinational Cooperation on NATO Software Tools with the aim to agree on scope, content, deliverables, participation and schedule for the Feasibility Study to use NATO Software Tools for (multi)national purposes. The event was held at NCI Agency headquarters in Brussels on 20 - 21 March and it was attended by 18 NATO Nations: ALB, BEL, CAN, CZE, DEU, DNK, ESP, EST, FRA, GBR, ITA, LTU, NLD, NOR, POL, ROU, TUR, and USA.
The Feasibility Study for Multinational Cooperation on NATO Software Tools (MN NST) is an initiative originated by 11 NATO Nations and NCI Agency. The aim is to investigate national demand for NATO C4ISR software beyond the “as is” scope of and if required, create a mechanism to support that demand and investigate the possible funding streams, in synchronization with commonly funded capabilities.
“With this workshop, we are looking for ways to solve challenges addressing the current C4ISR software requirements that nations face in terms of budget, time, quality and interoperability,” set the scene for the event MGEN Luis Andrey, NCI Agency Chief of Staff.
“Nations have now a single NATO Agency to address the entire C4ISR lifecycle, capable of providing platform for C4ISR collaboration with and between the NATO Nations, and NATO Partners. This Feasibility Study represents a bottom up approach reaching out to bring additional value to the NATO Command Structure,” welcomed the attendees Dr Velizar Shalamanov, Director Demand Management.
Several NATO Nations actively engaged in the discussion and provided their briefings during the workshop, highlighting the operational context of use of the tools, recognizing the challenges in addressing the Intellectual Property Rights and pointing at the need for focusing on future requirements and roadmap for the project.
The final report for the Feasibility Study will be provided to the NATO Nations by 31 July 2013. Based on the report, the NATO Nations will be invited to provide their Statements of Engagement, by 30 September 2013, to prepare establishment of the Multinational NATO Software Tools project and to consider taking up the Lead Nation role for the prospective project in Smart Defence context.