Updated: 12-Nov-2003 NATO Press Releases


12 Nov. 2003

Signing ceremony to initiate a study on
NATO Network Enabled Capability (NNEC)
NATO HQ, Brussels, 13 November 2003

Nine NATO nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, The United Kingdom and The United States) are about to sign an Arrangement to join in funding a feasibility study on NATO Network Enabled Capability (NNEC) as an important step towards NATO transformation. The study will be carried out by the NATO C3 Agency (NC3A) with the aim of examining issues raised by the network-centric approach. Each will contribute 150,000 EUR giving a total of 1,350,000 EUR and the study will last about two years.

The formal signing ceremony will take place in the margins of the meeting of the NATO C3 Board (NC3B) held on Thursday 13 November 2003 at 12.30 hrs at NATO HQ, Brussels in Room Brosio. This ceremony will be attended by the Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Allessandro Minuto Rizzo and the Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, Mr. Robert Bell.

The NC3B is the senior multinational policy body, advising the North Atlantic Council and other Committees on collective interests of all the member states in Consultation, Command and Control (C3) issues. It is composed of senior national representatives from capitals; representatives of the Military Committee and Strategic Commanders and NATO committees with an interest in C3, the General Manager of the NC3A, and the Controller of the NATO CIS Operating and Support Agency (NACOSA).

The decisions by NATO Heads of State and Government at the Prague Summit by end 2002 to form a NATO Response Force (NRF) and to approve the Prague Capabilities Commitment (PCC) will provide a major improvement in the ability of the Alliance to conduct its mission. However, achieving this capability also poses a major interoperability challenge to achieve the required seamless and timely flow of information, between national capabilities and NATO capabilities.

In order to contribute to meeting this challenge, the NC3B recognised, that promoting a feasibility study could be the first step to develop a concept of NNEC. NNEC is based on national and NATO capabilities (tactical and strategic) being networked together in a “plug and play” fashion as required to support flexible force structures such as the NATO Response Force. This feasibility study will look at the many technical and related issues in a NATO context.

The study represents a major contribution of the NATO C3 Organisation towards NATO transformation.

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