Maintaining NATO’s Technological Edge
The largest ever test of NATO’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities began on Monday (19 May 2014) at Ørland Air Station in Norway. The ten-day trial, called Unified Vision 2014 (UV14), involves more than 2,000 participants from 18 NATO nations and three partner nations. It will test some of the most advanced command and control systems to find ways to fuse the collected data in order to give commanders the technological edge they need.
ISAF operations in Afghanistan have led to an unprecedented level of information sharing among Allies and partners. NATO is committed to build on this invaluable experience and further enhance its ability to use and share data gathered by both national and collective assets.
UV14 will provide NATO Allies and partners the opportunity to test the latest intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) procedures by employing Space, Air, Land and Maritime assets, both manned and unmanned. These procedures have been developed by national ISR experts, based on NATO’s recent operational experiences.
Enhancing NATO’s capabilities is a major theme for the Wales Summit in September. Joint ISR is a key factor associated with the Alliance’s strategic readiness and the success of its operations and missions. In May of 2012 NATO decided to acquire an Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system that will give commanders a comprehensive picture of the situation on the ground using five Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). UV14 will help the Alliance to prepare the introduction of its future AGS capability and to enhance data sharing with other ISR systems provided by nations.