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act-ffciLeveraging industry's & academia's expertise and ACT's experience for mutual benefit

NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is responsible for identifying and promoting the development of essential capabilities that are needed to meet future operational needs of the Alliance. To achieve this development of relevant future capabilities, ACT explores concepts, conducts experiments and supports research and acquisition processes of new technologies.

ACT realises that in complex topic areas where technology and knowledge advances fast, the staff from NATO and National Governments do not always possess all of the state-of-the-knowledge. Academia and Industry are obviously leaders in technology and knowledge. ACT has a key role in setting the requirements of NATO's future capabilities. It is recognized that engaging Academia and Industry as early as possible will reduce risk and increase cost-effectiveness of capability development efforts.

In that perspective, ACT has developed the Framework For Collaborative Interaction (FFCI), which aim is to enable collaborative work to be carried out in a non-procurement manner between ACT and industry.