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Industrial Views on Achieving NATO Interoperability By NATO Industrial Advisory Group Study Group 137 firstname.lastname@example.org. Content. Study approach Understanding Interoperability Interoperability policy Standardization process Interoperability acquisition Capability and technologies
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SSM TU industry association R&S (GE)
NIDV NL industry association EPM (NO)
STM (TU) Sagem (FR)
Tubitak (TU) Rheinmetall (GE)
SAIC (US) Thales (FR)
EADS (GE) CB MSS (GE)
Alenia (IT) IBM (NL)
LM (US) ITTI (PL)
Hydrema (DK) ESG (GE)
Selex SI (UK, IT) RomArm (RO)
Examined from the broadest available definition:
”The ability of systems, units, or forces to provide
services to and accept services from other
systems, units, or forces, and to use the services
so exchanged to enable them to operate
And from NATO’s C3 point of view:
“The ability of Alliance Forces, and when appropriate,
forces of Partner and other nations, to train, exercise,
and operate effectively together in the execution of
assigned missions and tasks"
National policies have in general a negative effect and impact on
NATO’s interoperability. NATO’s interoperability strongly affected by
non-NATO or non-NATO compatible standards required by national
acquisition authorities, host nations and NATO acquiring non
interoperable assets due to :
In order to be cost-efficient and have open, shareable information (not constrained by distinct vendors), NATO promotes the use of open source and open standards software.
“The ISO-approved Open Document Format (ODF) is now one of the mandatory standards in NATO. The military alliance included the Open Standard for electronic documents recently in its so-called NATO Interoperability Standards and Profiles. NISP lists all standards that are in use by NATO, ranging from mandatory to recommended.”
“…The project involves the generation of a wide range of geospatial data models compliant with some of the latest spatial open information standards from OGC and ISO and the conversion of many terabytes of vector, raster and gridded data. A large proportion of NATO’s paper holdings of maps and charts will also be digitized and converted to the same set of open standards. The objective is to create an open and shareable map database as part of NATO core GIS infrastructure within the Alliance…”
Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Groove, Microsoft InfoPath
The PMIC contractor will maintain the programme library, using NC3A intranet resources such as FileNet, MS SharePoint, and a MediaWiki server
Microsoft Project (Used in all projects): “The NC3A has implemented Microsoft Enterprise Project Manager 2003 for planning, allocation, and tracking of its internal project resources, including its fees for managing projects (Project Service Costs and Internal engineering Services). All work by NC3A staff must be planned and recorded using this system.
License agreements: Windows Desktop Operating System Upgrade incl. MS Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and MS NetMeeting b) MS Office Professional incl. MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, MS Outlook with Business Contact Manager, MS Publisher c) Core Client Access Licenses for Exchange Server, Share Point Portal Server, Systems Management Server, and Windows Server
The client operating system will remain Windows XP SP2 or SP3.
The server operating system will be Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 …
License agreements: NATO Desktop: a. Microsoft Windows XP Professional, b. Microsoft Vista Enterprise (32bit), c. Microsoft Office 2003 Professional, d. Microsoft Office 2007 Professional e. Classify for Outlook, f. WinZip, g. McAfee Active Virus Defense Total Protection, h. Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0, NATO servers: a. All Microsoft Software b. Trend Micro Scan Mail for Exchange
NATO has a default set of software for Bi SC AIS workstations. The Contractor shall equip every workstation with this software image. The Contractor shall ensure that his system design and the infrastructure is works well with this software set. Some of the software that is included: Office 2003, Adobe Acrobat, Classify for outlook and WinZip.
MS Exchange for mail exchange
However, due to already installed proprietary infrastructure and software and due to license agreements made with different vendors, the reality is different, resulting in limited flexibility in NATO’s choice of products
each Command utilizes a client - server architecture using predominantly the Microsoft Windows XP/2003 operating systems and the Microsoft Office automation suite. Some of the FS and CAX applications however use UNIX operating systems such as Solaris, HP-UX and Red Hat Linux.
For routine electronic communication, Microsoft Exchange/Outlook provides the primary means of information exchange throughout NATO.
AirC2IS shall comply with Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
AirC2IS shall comply with the standards and language specifications Microsoft .NET software development suite and C# Programming Language
AirC2IS components shall be compatible with the .NET Framework version 3.5.
AirC2IS shall provide an interface … that is compliant with the Microsoft Active Directory.
The AirC2IS web capability … Internet Explorer 6 or later.
Microsoft Windows 2008 Server or newer listed on the Microsoft web HCL (Hardware Compatibility List)
INTEL-FS components shall be compatible with the .NET Framework version 3.5.
ICB 2008/41 MICROSOFT OFFICE UPGRADE:
This Contract covers the procurement of services to upgrade the basic Microsoft Office Suite to version 2007
The installed proprietary infrastructure and software and the different license agreements made by NATO, constrain NATO to force bidders in adapting to their proprietary infrastructure and software, resulting in limited flexibility in NATO’s choice of products
Review interoperability policy
Review standardization policy/process
Taking remedial actions in acquisition process by:
- introducing “interoperability” to be a Top Level Criterion within Best Value selection
Focusing on specific capabilities & technologies such as:
- Software Defined Radio to create an operational capability of accreditation, standardization and certification
Giving guidance to direct use business models
Tasking industry to assistant on: