Terrence C. Morgan, Executive Council Chair Emeritus of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium, passed away in late July 2017.
With strong support from Cisco Systems, Inc., Terry joined NCOIC as a founding member in August 2004 and served on the Executive Council before being elected Vice Chairman in October 2007 and Chairman in October 2008. He helped establish many of the concepts and approaches for creating cross-domain interoperability that are the hallmarks of NCOIC.
Terry's main accomplishment as Chairman was to provide an international focus, which became an important part of the NCOIC agenda. He provided advice and direction to the NCOIC team that has been developing a unique relationship with NATO – a project that took a major step forward during his final days.
Terry also expanded the consortium’s international focus beyond Europe, including projects with the Australian Department of Defence, which adopted NCOIC tools and approaches for ensuring interoperability.
As Chairman, Terry logged extensive travel time visiting countries and government organizations, explaining the role and value of NCOIC. He described how they could improve their productivity and value as well as their contributions to society. His consistent efforts gave NCOIC international recognition as a thought leader and creator of interoperability and net-centric operations.
After his chairmanship was concluded, Terry became the consortium’s best ambassador, leaving NCOIC’s mark wherever he traveled. His unique style -- a combination of technical and political integration -- opened new horizons to those normally confined by thought or job skill to a lesser vision.
“Terry carried no personal agenda -- his thoughts and direction were for the greater good. Thanks to him, we have been successful in establishing a close working relationship with NATO,” said Harry Raduege, NCOIC Chief Executive Officer. “Since our founding, his clear vision has had a profound impact on NCOIC. Our entire team will greatly miss Terry’s contributions and leadership.”
Contracting Study for NATO Communications and Information Agency
NCOIC is working with the NATO Communications and Information Agency to help enhance the agency’s contracting capability so it can address an increasing demand for products and services, and enable countries to acquire goods and services that will ultimately support NATO missions.
During the first phase of the project, the consortium conducted a “quick response” study. It collected information from NCOIC members on industry best practices to assist the NCI Agency in developing a methodology to expedite small-value requirements that are funded by a NATO nation or external organization and within NATO needs.
The information on industry best practices, processes and guidelines used by large organizations to address small-value requirements was shared with the NCI Agency at a workshop in Brussels, Belgium, on September 12-14, 2016. Results of the "NCI Agency External Customer Support Model Adaptation Study" and the consortium’s recommendations are being reviewed by the NCI Agency as it looks for ways to use industry customer support models to improve the delivery of C3 systems and ICT services to external customers, while meeting the demands of its primary customers and core business.
The study is part of a multi-phase project and is the latest effort in NCOIC’s ongoing partnership with NATO to develop a consolidated IT infrastructure. In 2012, NCOIC completed a study that focused on multi-national technical, culture and business issues within NATO and recommended a secure, integrated-cloud environment serving military and civilian users.
NCOIC takes pride in its work to assist the NCI Agency in modernizing its IT infrastructure and meet the operational requirements of Federated Mission Networking, a concept to support secure collaboration and information exchange in multi-national operations.
Catalyst for Improving Technical Environments and Achieving Organizational Goals
NCOIC is best known for developing Technical Resources that are free and available for use in both the public and private sector. In addition, the consortium offers a growing range of contract services to assist government and non-governmental organizations in meeting their interoperability goals.
These unique interoperability services are possible thanks to NCOIC’s diverse membership, proven methodologies, and its open, legal and product-neutral environment.
NCOIC can provide your organization with tailored plans, processes and evaluations so that the interoperability solutions you implement achieve the desired outcome and withstand the test of time. These interoperability services include:
• The development of an implementation plan or interoperability roadmap that identifies and addresses both technical and non-technical considerations and details the pathway from the current (as-is) to the future (to-be) environment.
• The development of an acquisition strategy that ensures systems being purchased can be successfully implemented and will have a long lifecycle — so the organization can buy and add capability, without it being dead-ended by technology, regulations or other factors. (Most acquisitions and requests for proposal ask for specific solutions that may be initially innovative but lack a continuous innovation capability and are often not interoperable with other industry solutions.)
• The use of an online interoperability test and evaluation environment for demonstrating and proving technical concepts and solutions, known as the NCOIC Rapid Response Incubator. The RRI is designed to bring organizations together in a trusted federated cloud-based infrastructure environment. This environment facilitates the on-boarding and use of innovative solutions using identity and access management technology that enables collaboration, cooperation and information exchange while protecting the intellectual property and rights of the innovators.
With each interoperability project, NCOIC provides a Voice of Industry review that enables all consortium members to comment on the contract deliverable. This review allows the customer to view all industry inputs — positive and negative — regarding the proposed solution or recommended course of action. There reviews, which can be pivotal to product neutrality, are not offered by any other for-profit or non-profit organization.
Through its interoperability services, NCOIC serves as a catalyst for government and NGO customers in improving their technical environments and achieving their mission and organizational goals. You can read more about some of the consortium’s past Interoperability Projects with the NATO Communication and Information Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency and Royal Australian Air Force.
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.
Here's the basic information on the IV process -- learn more at our Sept. 13 meeting. Check out the Events page and register now.
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
- Identifies the minimum interoperability threshold required at the technical level
- The objectives of NATO ACT and NCOIC are to create greater industry involvement, shift technical solutions from NATO to industry, and use industry as market indicators for technology direction and capability growthNCOIC developed a verification process for the acquisition cycle to validate the interoperability of products and services offered to the NATO Communication and Information Agency
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.
Benefits 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
Businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to join the consortium and be part of the Interoperability Verification initiative!
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