Combined Federated Battle Laboratories Network (CFBLNet)

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When nations decide to collaborate, trust and timing is key. Primarily for Exercises, Testing and Training the Combined Federated Battle Laboratories Network (CFBLNet) enables nations to work together in all areas of  Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). Since CFBLNet benefits from a federated structure its global network of test sites hosted by Partner Nations allows for rapid event stand-up, independent of the type of capability that is to be tested.


CFBLNet was established in 2001 and is currently open to 36 Mission Partners. CFBLNet grew out of the need for persistent joint multinational and cost effective infrastructure for trial, assessment, testing, exercise and training. The capability allows for various partnerships both bilateral and multilateral with the Combined Communications Electronics Board (CCEB), Nations, and NATO. CFBLNet is open through sponsorship to additional Mission Partner Nations, international organizations, industry and academia.


In recent years, CFBLNet has provided the secured communities for various initiatives including the Coalition Test and Evaluation Environment (CTE2) and Coalition Verification and Validation Environment (CV2E) supporting the Coalition Interoperability Assurance and Validation (CIAV); the Afghan Mission Network (AMN) Training Federation network;  the NATO – Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) distributed Integrated Test Bed, JISR Initiatives and many others. Supporting the entire spectrum of 'Smart Defence', it is a potential model for future federated mission networks and supports the Connected Forces Initiative principles. Available to the majority of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Mission Partners today it is open to new members for future initiatives. Significantly reducing the cost to each of the national participants through the mechanism of one global capability being reused by many partners CFBLNet positions itself as the coalition infrastructure of choice. The current mission partners are: all 29 NATO Nations and Austria, Australia, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the NATO organizations. Operating as a true federation; no single nation owns the CFBLNet. Each member is responsible for provisioning and operating its own sites and systems, which allows smart and cost effective use of existing national infrastructure.

The role of the NCI Agency

For CFBLNet, the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) is the Network Operations Centre for Europe and NATO, and an important Point of Presence. Next to that, it provides core and support services to the federation. Furthermore, the NCI Agency General Manager, Mr Kevin Scheid, is the NATO CFBLNet Senior Steering Group Representative.

Executive summary

  • Reduced cost

  • Full assurance

  • Rapid event stand-up

  • Lower risk

Test, Train, Trust. CFBLNet!


For more information please contact:

Mr Edgar Harmsen
NATO CFBLNet Lead Representative

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