Cooperation on the refugee and migrant crisis
MARCOM, as the hub of the wider Maritime Enterprise, will contribute to this partnership by advocating the use of proven solutions developed using a common NATO C4ISR platform. MARCOM will also support longer term planning by helping to develop the operational requirements for common funded maritime capability packages and will advise on requirements for multinational and national maritime projects.
The NCI Agency will contribute by delivering the required C4ISR services and capabilities that support MARCOM in its operational role. The Agency will also support Commander MARCOM in his effort to achieve his vision for MARCOM to become a highly effective operational HQ using concepts such as SAVANT (Ships Available At Sea For NATO Tasking). Furthermore, with MARCOM as an advocate, the Agency will be in a better position to help nations improve interoperability to support the rapid forming and dissolving of coalitions, under NATO or national control, for varying periods of time.
The implementation of the partnership will be achieved through co-operative planning on a multi-year basis, an example of which is the improvement of the MARCOM Maritime Operations Centre (MOC) connectivity and the enhancement of the Recognised Maritime Picture. In the short-term, however, the Agency's current collaboration with MARCOM to provide an innovative technical solution that allows both EU Border Forces and NATO to cooperate on the refugee and migrant crisis in the Aegean Sea is the first real test of this new partnership.