On 18 October 2022, the NCI Agency achieved Final System Acceptance for a new NATO Partners Network (NPN), which serves Partners located in Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE).
The new system is a modern replacement of the old Partnership for Peace Information Management System (PIMS). This significant endeavour was brought together by an effort from Core Enterprise Services (CES), NATO Digital Workplace (NDW), NATO Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Network Services and IT Infrastructure (NSII).
The new NPN system contributes to the three essential core tasks of the Alliance: deterrence and defence; crisis prevention and management; and cooperative security. It enables the Partnership Directorate (PD) at SHAPE to perform improved collaboration, coordination and information sharing with Partners at NATO Unclassified level.
More specifically, it supports Supreme Allied Commander Europe's (SACEUR) intent to develop, maintain and strengthen NATO's relationships with its Partners with a view to enhance mutual trust and confidence between military authorities.
The new network will enhance military cooperation with Partners whose security interests are aligned with NATO's by facilitating their participation in NATO missions and operations, including the NATO Response Force (NRF).