The Implementation of Federated Mission Networks in Future NATO Operations
Federated Mission Networks have been developed to support missions at the operational and higher
tactical levels, based on NATO and other architectural guidance.
The Afghanistan Mission Network is one example, designed for a specific purpose and developed
over many years. Tactical interoperability is created through common equipment, doctrine,
architectures and waveforms across Air/Land and Air/Maritime operations.
The success of Afghanistan is the bedrock for future operations in Eastern Europe. However, as
capability requirements shift from the desert to woodland and urban terrain there is a requirement
for NATO to standardise capability and connectivity of C2 systems for all their partners.
NATO is the only organization of its kind that has a permanent Command and Control Structure. As
C2 is the backbone of NATO’s political and military capacity it will rely more and more on networked
Colonel Joachim Neumueller, Director, Federated Mission Networking Secretariat, DCOS CCD J6,
NATO Shape, is the senior NATO leader in charge of FMN policy, and will use Defence
Communications 2017 as a platform to outline the implementation of FMN in future NATO
This session is critically important for NATO partners to understand how to quickly build
architectures and management processes for new partners and how to progress from theatre
specific networks to contingency and deterrent operations.
Colonel Neumueller will be followed by Colonel Christopher Durham, Plans and Exercises Division
Chief, J6, US European Command who will discuss C4 connectivity and Interoperability during
exercise, explaining how the US works in partnership with NATO organisations and what its future
strategies will be.
NATO understands it must identify innovative solutions and technologies that will be adapted to the
future operational environment, especially for those capabilities that will need 10 to 15 years for
development. However, there is also the urgent need to be ready to deploy troops at short notice
should the political stakes be raised.
Defence Communications 2017 will ensure military leaders from NATO member nations and partners
are fully briefed on the enormous advances not only in the opportunities that modern Information
and communications technology can bring, but in the accompanying vulnerabilities and
dependencies. Industry organisations will also be involved in the dialogue to develop NATO’s
Defence Communications takes place 26th – 27th September 2017 in Krakow, Poland.