To ensure system integrity, provide central planning, system engineering, implementation and configuration management for ACCS, without prejudice to the existing configuration control responsibilities of the operational commanders for in-service systems; such activities may include improvements to existing systems, design studies on future systems and development of new systems.
The Agency shall be the procurement and implementing body of the NACMO for projects assigned to it.
The NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS) is intended to replace the existing air defence systems in NATO Europe, such as NADGE, GEADGE, and STRIDA. It is designed to combine the tactical planning, tasking and execution of all air defensive, offensive air and air support operations into a single system. The scope of ACCS is, therefore, much broader than just air defence. The system will be composed of a balanced mix of static and deployable entities. The ACCS programme is being implemented under the supervision of the NATO ACCS Management Organisation (NACMO) and will provide an initial operational capability within the next few years. The initial contract to provide the core software, a system test and validation facility, and a site validation capability was signed with Air Command Systems International (ACSI) in November 1999.