Accelerating the procurement, implementation and validation of IT solutions for NATO Federated Mission Networking

NCOIC has introduced an Interoperability Verification (IV) process intended for use by NATO in the acquisition of technical products and services for Federated Mission Networking (FMN), a capability to support secure collaboration and information exchange in multi-national operations. The IV assessment, based on product testing that takes place as part of the normal quality manufacturing process, looks at how well a technology meets NATO requirements and how easily it can be implemented and used by the NATO, its member nations and affiliates. The vision is for NATO and its partners to get enhanced capability for the same cost and for vendors to have access to more markets. 

About the Verification Process

  • NCOIC developed a verification process in partnership with NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) that can be used prior to acquisition to validate the claimed interoperability of products and services offered to NATO and its FMN affiliates 
  • IV process is designed to reduce risk, enabling products and services to “plug and play” within the FMN environment
  • IV process examines the evidence of technical interoperability resulting from the normal manufacturing process vendors use to build products and services and system-of-system solutions for the FMN environment
  • The objectives of NATO ACT and NCOIC are to promote greater industry involvement, shift technical solutions from NATO to industry, and use industry as market indicators for technology direction and capability growth

 Building on a Successful Collaboration

  • The IV Initiative builds on a five-year collaboration between NCOIC and NATO agencies to create cross-domain interoperability in support of NATO’s 2030 vision.
  • In 2012, NCOIC worked with the NATO Communications and Information Agency to help modernize its IT infrastructure and position it to meet FMN operational requirements. The consortium reviewed the multi-national technical, culture and business issues within NATO and recommended a secure, integrated-cloud environment to serve military and civilian users.
  • Most recently, the consortium completed a study for NATO ACT that described the "art of the possible" for 21st century command and control using industry best practices and outlined methods, processes and recommendations to achieve it.

 Advantages of NCOIC Interoperability Verification

  • Evaluation and assessment reporting before acquisition and integration identifies and reduces acquisition risk to the operators
  • Industry will lead the effort in establishing an information-sharing, feedback environment valuable to all
  • Products and services will move more quickly from integration to implementation and operational use
  • NATO agencies and nations will gain increased flexibility and capability
  • Industry will better understand and respond to FMN requirements
  • The marketplace is expected to expand with more qualified vendors representing and responding to all NATO nations and affiliates
  • Benefits NATO, member-nations, industry and all mission partners

Benefits to Business

  • Perform your own IV assessments of your products, services and networks using common, validated process
  • Increase sales and promote broader/global market opportunities
  • Demonstrate proof of interoperability across product lines
  • Demonstrate interoperability improvements over legacy systems
  • Have a common basis and forum for feedback from governments regarding interoperability issues

Benefits to Governments

  • Use industry-neutral IV assessments in evaluating vendor bids
  • Perform your own IV assessments
  • Reduce risk of acquiring products/services that cost less to acquire but more to integrate and use
  • Have a common basis and forum for feedback to industry regarding interoperability issues

Benefits to Integrators

  • Gain insight into potential integration risks of using products/services
  • Speed up system integration
  • Have common basis and forum for feedback to industry regarding interoperability issues

Benefits to Users

  • Gain insight into potential interoperability limitations of using integrated products/services
  • Have common basis and forum for feedback to industry regarding interoperability issue

Steps in IV process development


Businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to join the consortium and be part of the Interoperability Verification initiative!

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