NDER is a project to deliver a modern data
exchange communications functionality to the NATO Codification
System (NCS) using Extensible Markup Language (XML), including a
modernisation and rationalisation of NCS business rules. Implementation
is foreseen by January 2022.
The NATO Codification System in its current form was developed in the 1960’s based on the extant technology of the day; 80-column punch cards. The system utilises a bespoke data structure, communications media and limited Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code (EBCDIC) character set. It does not permit the transfer of non-textual information, punctuation, hyperlinks, images or drawings.
Whilst punch cards are no longer used, the data format and character set have not changed, nor has the system evolved with changing technology and increased data transfer volumes currently available. Modern battlespace communications now allow operational logisticians to
have a more enriched data set to ensure the right item is provided to the right place at the right time.
NDER is the NATO Allied Committee 135 (AC/135) project to deliver modern, robust and progressive data communications functionality to the NATO Codification System (NCS) using eXtensible Markup Language (XML), including a growth path for further modernisation and process rationalisation and reform.