All NATO nations contribute and are part of the ACCS Programme – with various levels of engagement. Belgium, France, Germany and Italy actively participate in the Core ACCS development and host Validation sites. Other sites will be replicated or realized as ACCS Software based elements in most European NATO nations including Turkey and also in Iceland. Based on former NACMA contracts, the NCI Agency is procurement agent for most of the sites; some nations run their own contracts based on national regulations.
All nations involved work closely together in the AirC2 Steering Committee, its sub-structure and project related working / coordination groups. Allied Command Operations as the top-echelon operational user plays a leading role in most of these groups. ACO is also responsible to define the Minimum Military Requirement and chairs the Operational User Group as well as some other fora.
Cost & Funding
The procurement of the ACCS programme and most of the AirC2 projects is funded from the NATO Security Investment Programme. For the ACCS sites, the Minimum Military Requirement is the yardstick for the allocation of procurement funds by the NATO Investment Committee. Operations and Maintenance funds are allocated by the Budget Committee.
Partners in Industry
Thales Raytheon Systems / Air Command Systems International (TRS/ACSI) based in Massy, near Paris, is the prime contractor for the ACCS development, validation and replication as well as for the TMD1 project. For the ACCS contracts, a system of industrial benefit sharing was agreed by the nations; consequently, the prime contractor has to share work-packages with partners from certain nationalities, which does not seem to be easy at all times.
At a certain milestone during contract execution, NATO will take ownership of the Intellectuals Property Rights of all programme components.