LC2IS support for Crisis Response Operations (Kosovo Force) as requested by ACO was authorized in July 2016, the main contract was awarded in December 2016 and is now being implemented with an Initial Operational Capability in Q3-2017. LC2IS is intended to be used as the main C2 and Situational Awareness tool for the Kosovo Force, connected and fed by the Kosovo Force Tracking System (KFTS).
Roadmap for LC2IS evolution
In parallel to the operational implementation and the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of LC2IS Increment 1.1, the roadmap for the evolution of LC2IS has made significant progress. The Agency submitted in July 2016 the authorization request for the evolution of LC2IS in the next five years ( Type "B" Cost Estimate for LC2IS Increment 2). Unfortunately, operational demand for the next increment significantly outstrips its planned budget.
The Strategic Commands are currently have reassessed the minimum and urgent requirements and the Type "B" Cost Estimate for a smaller scope Increment 2 was submitted in December 2016.
If authorized, it will provide a technology refresh and a significant interoperability enhancement of the current capability in 2018. The plan for the evolution of the capability (LC2IS Increment 3) with a major overall enhancement of the functionality, interoperability and technology will be addressed later in 2017, after an assessment of the lessons learned in 2016 and 2017 on the current capability.
Other NFS Commands have expressed their interest in the LC2IS Increment 2 to complement or replace National capabilities. Additionally, most NFS Commands have been involved in the specification of the next increments over the last years and are likely interested in obtaining this capability when delivered.
This trend points to the likelihood of seeing in the next five to ten years, LC2IS widely employed in both the NCS and in the NFS. This is expected to result in a major enhancement of the technical and operational interoperability of NCS and NFS, together with a significant cost saving as a result of the adoption of a common software product and shared services.