The US-led Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC) is a transformation force-multiplier in which Allied Command Transformation has participated for NATO since 2002. NATO’s participation in MCDC benefits from Allied Command Transformation’s geographic co-location with the US Joint Staff; the result is a vibrant partnership which engenders close cooperation and synergy.
The MCDC is designed to develop and deliver new capabilities to enhance partnerships and effectiveness in joint, multinational and coalition operations. The Campaign provides a venue for collaborative joint, multinational and coalition concept and capability development and, in the spirit of true partnership, strives to maximize opportunities for resource sharing.
With a focus on ad-hoc coalition operations, as opposed to standing Alliance operations, the MCDC provides a flexible testbed which is highly adaptable and well-suited to the pace of contemporary and emerging operating conditions. The MCDC participants seek to build and strengthen multinational partnerships and promotes collaborative concept and capability development.
Throughout every two-year campaign, multinational teams are working on topics directly relevant to NATO ongoing efforts, such as Autonomy, Hybrid Warfare, Cyber, Medical, Logistics or Strategic Communication. Findings of “Role of Autonomous Systems in Gaining Operational Access” and “Counter Unmanned Autonomous Systems” projects, for example, provided a foundation for the NATO programme on Autonomy.
Benefits - In Brief
Partnerships – MCDC makes a significant contribution to extending Allied Command Transformation’s transformational network, connecting military and non-military entities at project-level.
Low-cost/high-payoff – NATO, by participating in a single project in an MCDC Campaign, obtains access to the thinking and finished products of multiple projects.
A low risk environment (political) within which to influence the development of interoperability and capabilities with a diverse range of actors, and a venue for practical collaboration with European Union's European Defence Agency.
Rapid two-year cycle to develop and deliver benefits within a strong governance structure.
Quality assurance - all MCDC innovative products are evaluated through rigorous peer review mechanisms that ensure added value to its customers and stakeholders.
Leading edge - flexibility to study new and innovative subjects that have not yet entered formal NATO thinking. Scope and develop ideas in a less controversial environment reducing risk prior to full commitment to enter into a NATO/ACT programme.
Leverages the co-location of NATO's Allied Command Transformation and US Joint Staff J7, enables mutual support, and adds tangible strength to the transatlantic bond.
The new Multinational Capability Campaign (MCDC) webpage offers access to all outcomes of the past campaigns, and insight into the current edition.
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Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, has identified six Focus Areas in order to drive Allied Command Transformation’s innovative outputs: Command and Control, Collective Training and Exercises, Logistics and Sustainability, Partnerships, Capabilities and Human Capital.
Within these six areas, Logistics and Sustainability is the one envisioning the long term Comprehensive NATO Logistics Network and Operations Logistics Chain Management is the bridge to achieving this long term goal. It is the capability designed to foster collective responsibility for NATO logistics within 2022 and on which NATO will build the future of sustainment for a fully interoperable Alliance in 2030.
Operations Logistics Chain Management is intended to be fully operationally capable in 2022 with the implementation of the related Logistics Functional Service tool set, which will result in a more effective, and efficient, multinational logistic support to NATO operations by reducing duplication of national logistic chains and the competition for contracted resources. Operations Logistics Chain Management will achieve this aim by giving the Alliance a common platform for collaborative logistic planning and execution, consisting of new processes and procedures, applied to NATO doctrine, and a modern logistics Information Technology tool set that enables all stakeholders to have greater visibility of deployment and sustainment requirements and resources.
A key success factor of the programme is the Nations’ willingness to share logistics information and to change the current stovepipe national way of doing logistics, into a real collective logistics approach.
The Operations Logistics Chain Management Roadmap was approved by the Logistics Committee in September 2016 and a supporting Implementation Plan, a living draft, was developed to document and track actions needed to accomplish the 52 Roadmap Milestones over the next five years.
Exercises such as Joint Derby 2016, the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise 2016, along with the Asset Tracking Integration Campaign 2016, provided significant inputs for improving the roadmap and assessing interoperability leading to alignment to doctrine and collaboration with academia and universities in the field of future logistics solutions. In addition, the application of emergent technologies to existing and new logistic initiatives and exploring how the latest developments in these technologies area can benefit future logistics and NATO were the main topics of the Logistic track kicked off during the last Technology for Information, Decision and Execution Superiority, TIDESprint 2016, in Norfolk.
Furthermore, In order to have a tool reflecting the Operations Planning Process and capturing the main logistics process at the strategic, operational and tactical level, the harmonized and standardized Logistics Business Processes have been transitioned into an electronic format for use by NATO staff officers, nations’ staff officers and logistic training personnel for implementation and use in upcoming NATO exercises.
NATO Doctrine updated with Operations Logistics Chain Management processes and procedures, the Logistics Functional Service tool set, and a supporting Training and Education program will all contribute to NATO conducting collective responsibility for logistics and operations involving both NATO and national staff officers to rapidity work together using common procedures and tools. This provides a holistic approach for NATO and the Nations to reliably collaborate, maintain visibility, and manage valuable resources, setting Operations Logistics Chain Management as a bridge linking today’s activity with future sustainment and the long term goal of a Comprehensive NATO Logistics Network.
From May 2nd to 4th 2017, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Mayor of Norfolk hosted a conference examining “Interdependency in Resilience”, supported by leaders from 34 NATO and EU nations and more than 30 private sector partners. The conference improved understanding and visibility of what resilience means across the civil, private and military sectors; established knowledge transfer and developed actionable proposals to improve mutual collaboration to help build resilience.
The conference paper, entitled ‘Building resilience – Collaborative proposals to help nations and partners’ has now been published. It identifies tangible proposals to help build Alliance resilience, strengthening and expanding the ongoing work by NATO and furthering cooperation with the EU. The proposals operationalise the four key themes identified by the conference and widen the aperture on how our nations and partners build resilience through trusted collaboration.
Both Allied Command Transformation and the City of Norfolk hope these proposals will act as a catalyst for the civil, private and military sectors to intensify their collaboration and help nations and partners build resilience.
OAKAS Ltd supported Allied Command Transformation and the City of Norfolk to analyse the conference outcomes and initial development of the conference paper.
As stated in the 2016 Warsaw Summit Declaration, the allies "seek to contribute more to the efforts of the international community in projecting stability and strengthening security outside our territory, thereby contributing to Alliance security overall."
In order to meet this mission, NATO needs to develop an expeditionary approach and capability. The aim of this workshop is to identify a comprehensive list of Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities and Interoperability requirements for an effective NATO Stability Policing Concept. This concept supports the Projecting Stability aspirations of NATO's Allied Command Transformation Campaign Plan designed to contribute to the realization of the overarching Warsaw Summit themes of defence, deterrence and projecting stability.
Stability Policing is based on the principle of working in partnership with the local, regional, and national communities and authorities. However, under a Comprehensive Approach, other military and non-military actors including Intergovernmental Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, indigenous and international police forces, and contractors will likely contribute to Stability Policing activities. In addition, some of these actors may be key in providing specialized or modular/plug-in capabilities to address specific requirements during a Stability Policing mission.
The NATO Stability Policing Concept Development conferences and workshops aim at stimulating expert discussion on Stability Policing to begin work on the NATO Stability Policing concept, in order to develop capabilities supporting the implementation of the Projecting Stability aspirations from the 2016 Warsaw Summit Declaration.
The final event will take place at the Carabinieri Officers School in Rome from 8-10 November 2017. The event will commence with a two-day workshop with the assembled Stability Policing Community of Interest. The final conference, on the morning of 10 Nov 2017, will include presentations from the ITA Chief of Defense, the Carabinieri Commander, and representatives from the United Nations, African Union, European Union and Allied Command Transformation to cover a variety of Stability Policing issues.
The aim for the conferences is to facilitate a robust discussion, understand different perspectives and ACT will present the final draft Stability Policing Concept that will be delivered to the NATO Military Committee for consideration by the nations.
A series of conferences and workshops has been designed to develop a NATO Stability Policing Concept. Major conference and workshop events in the concept development timeline include:
Rome (Italy), October 24th - 28th, 2016
Bucharest (Romania), February 26th - March 2nd, 2017
Amsterdam (The Nederlands), May 15th - 19th, 2017
Rome (Italy), November 8th - 10th, 2017; Click here to register.