NEC Assessment Criteria & Methodology Study

The study defines the Network Collaboration levels that all Capabilities that supports EU Crisis Managements Operations must relate to and fullfill. It supports the pooling and sharing initative by defining the levels of Network Collaboration Areas and how to assess them. The study, as part of a set of coherent initiatives developed by the European Defence Agency (EDA) PT NEC, provides to the capability owners/planners/ developers a comprehensive tool to assess the current state of an individual capability (from the “NE” perspective) and proposes a methodology and a set of actions on how to enhance it.

As one of the EDA 12 Capability Development Plan (CDP) priorities, Network Enabled Capabilities (NEC) represents the environment which allows other capabilities to fully become Network Enabled. There is no capability being developed today – and even less so tomorrow – which does not benefit of being “network-enabled” (the so called “NE” attribute).In order to achieve interoperability this attribute should be designed in a consistent and measureable way. The study addressed the “measurement” aspects related to the “NE” attribute. The study proposes a practical and useful way on how to assess the “NE” attribute. As such NEC is supposed to provide design principles, implementation guidelines, assessment criteria/methodology and assessment tools required to design, implement and assess the degree of NEC compliancy of various capabilities. This study represents a first step towards the coherence within the design of capabilities that are Network Enabled.

European Union (EU) institutions and Member States (MS) conduct military operations and civilian missions that follow the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) according to European Security Strategy (ESS) (EU, 2003) by exploiting the full range of civil and military instruments. Addressing the strategic challenges and key threats (terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, regional conflicts, failed states and organised crimes) the EU believes that none of them can be addressed by military means only. Each crisis or crisis region requires an individual, tailored and comprehensive response.