Taking place in Szczecin, Poland just ahead of the Warsaw Summit, Exercise Brilliant Capability 16 (BRCY16) was critical to demonstrate the readiness of the Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC-NE) Deployable CIS in support of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). The NCI Agency was responsible for the end-to-end provision of the Exercise Control (EXCON) network of this intensive exercise during a 2+ week deployment involving continuous support.
For MNC-NE, exercise BRCY16 was an opportunity to exhibit intensive effort and commitment to the Readiness Action Plan and prove themselves as "operationally capable" of exercising command and control of the NATO Force Integration Units (NFIUs) and Operational Control of a VJTF 1* HQ.
A successful exercise
A 12-strong field team was led by LTN Alexander Aasen (CSU Stavanger). The team was composed of members of CSU Stavanger and CSU Torrejon, the CIS Sustainment Support Centre, and the Command and Control Service Line Missions Specific Systems team. Industrial reinforcements were delivered by Airbus Defence and Space.
The Agency team arrived in an empty building, did a survey, provided suitable equipment, unpacked, wired, plugged, configured, activated and tested 100+ terminals with a full CIS and Functional Area Services baseline. All the while, the Core Enterprise Services and Network Services and IT Infrastructure teams were designing a Mission Secret network from the ground up.
The end of the exercise was called on 3 June. BRCY16 was a great success for the Multinational Corps, and one that the NCI Agency is proud to have contributed to.