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The formal definition of NNEC says that it is "the Alliance's cognitive and technical ability to federate the various components of the operational environment, from the strategic level down to the tactical levels, through a Networking and Information Infrastructure (NII)".
In more simple terms, NNEC can be considered as the ability to effectively federate capabilities in coalition operations, by addressing not only the networks and systems, but also the information to be shared, the process employed to handle it, and the policy and doctrine that allows sharing information and services. The need for NNEC is intrinsic to all coalition operations. NNEC Supports heterogeneous partners, with different capabilities and needs, to operate under a federate set of "rules" that provide interoperability from the technical to the cognitive domain. NNEC fully supports "The Connected Forces Initiative" which, in the words of the NATO Secretary General "mobilizes all of NATO's resources to strengthen the Allies' ability to work together in a truly connected way".
For disparate systems to work together, NATO has traditionally focused on interoperability. NNEC picks up from there and through the four components (shown at left) identifies requirements, guidelines and solutions that will allow effective sharing of information and services supported by standards, joining instructions, data management practices, adequate information assurance and commensurate policies. NNEC looks at the ability to exchange information and, more importantly, at the ability to exploit that information, addressing the non-technical aspects of interoperability in the process.
ARCHIVE of PAST NNEC Conferences
In order to better support FMN implementation which is today the most demanding NNEC task, it was felt that there was a need to rethink the format of the annual NNEC conference.
Therefore, the 2014 conference is aiming for a limited and defined audience in small breakout sessions to produce tangible results on key issues supporting NATO and the Nations in the implementation of FMN.
Unfortunately, this format and intent does not support the large number of attendees in past conferences. Attendees for the 2014 Conference will therefore receive individual invitations - depending on the desired expertise and function - to attend the conference and specified breakout sessions.
The 2013 NNEC Conference took place in Lisbon, Portugal from 23-25 April. The event was attended by 342 attendees from more than 35 countries. Sponsored by HQ SACT since 2004, the conference is a major driver to promote NNEC within NATO, the Nations, Industry and other stakeholders in the civilian and military environment.
The 2013 NNEC Conference theme was "CoNNECting Forces". Consisting of presentations and discussions over the course of three days, this conference is NATO's platform for a multitude of stakeholders to exchange views, knowledge and opinions in support of this theme.
Presentations from the Conference are now available for downloading. They have been converted to Adobe PDF files and grouped by day into conveniently downloadable ZIP files: Day 1 (~11MB); Day 2 (~5MB); Day 2 Breakout Sessions (~42MB); Day 3 (~6MB). Also available for downloading are the latest Agenda, the Exhibits List and the Final Report.
The NNEC conference is an annual event which has been sponsored by HQ SACT since 2004. The conference is a major driver to promote NNEC within NATO, the Nations, Industry and other stakeholders in the civilian and military environment.
The 2012 NNEC Conference theme focussed on challenges related to NNEC as a basis for future mission networks. Consisting of presentations, and discussions over the course of three days, this conference is NATO's platform for a multitude of stakeholders to exchange views, knowledge and opinions in support of this theme.
The 8th annual NNEC conference took place from 05 - 07 April 2011 in Helsinki, Finland, the first time in a PfP country.
The theme for this year's conference was “Comprehensive Approach – NNEC as an enabler.” Due to the raising interest the conference was held in several plenary sessions as well as in four break-out sessions concentrating on, Technology to improve information sharing, Human Factors and Processes supporting NNEC, Cyber Security and NNEC Practical applications.
The conference was attended by 441 personnel representing 27 of the 28 NATO nations, 10 non-NATO Nations, European Defence Agency (EDA), European Union (EU) and, representatives from the SHAPE, NC3B, NACMA, NAMSA, NC3A, NCSA as well as representatives from Research Organisations and a large participation of Industry.
Also for the first time a representative from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) attended the conference.
The C4ISR & NNEC Branch in coordination with Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) had an article published in the Military Information Technology (MIT) – October 2010, highlighting Network Enabled Capability Initiatives and ACT’s involvement in particular the NNEC:
"Network Enabled Capability Initiative Will Allow A New Way Of Doing Business And An Enhanced Way Of Obtaining And Sharing Important Data Among Nations"