FUTURE FORCES FORUM has long been working closely with NATO, EDA and other international organisations. NATO civilian and military structures, including Alliance organisations and agencies, regularly participate in the FFF program. The international activities of the FFF include organisation of official sessions of the NATO working groups within the Defence Investment Division, directly reporting to the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), mainly grouped under the NATO Army Armaments Group (NAAG). Representatives of the European Defence Agency (EDA), including expert teams, are also actively involved in FFF events.
Representatives of these groups and institutions are actively involved in the FFF expert panels, exhibition and other events, providing all participants with a unique opportunity to discuss in person the operational experiences and requirements for future military and security projects. FFF exhibitors and partners are also offered the exceptional opportunity for closed presentations to individual expert groups. Please contact us for more information on presentation opportunities.
NATO SUPPORT AND PROCUREMENT AGENCY (NSPA)
The NATO Support and Procurement Agency is NATO’s main services provider, delivering a broad spectrum of integrated capabilities for the Alliance, its member nations and partners.
NSPA’s mission is to provide responsive, effective and cost-efficient logistics support services for systems and operations. This support is delivered – in times of peace, crisis and conflict, wherever required – to NATO Allies, the NATO Military Authorities and partner countries, both individually and collectively. Concretely, the Agency acquires, operates and maintains weapons systems, fuel delivery, port services, airfield logistics, airlift, medical and catering services, and base support services for all its customers across the world. It consolidates and centralises logistics management functions allowing its customers to achieve economies of scale.
NSPA’s capabilities are grouped into three areas: support to operations and exercises; life-cycle management; and services.
NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION AGENCY (NCI Agency)
The NATO Communications and Information Agency helps NATO member countries communicate and work together in more efficient ways.
NCI Agency staff are technology and cyber security experts, providing services that allow NATO to perform its core tasks, including consultation among Allies and collective defence. Working with industry, academia and not-for-profit organisations to deliver innovative solutions, the NCI Agency delivers capabilities that help NATO keep its technological edge. It also provides IT support to Allies, the NATO Headquarters, NATO Command Structure, NATO Force Structure and other NATO agencies. Through the NATO Cyber Security Centre, agency experts protect NATO’s networks 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
NATO ACCREDITED CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE
NATO Centres of Excellence are nationally or multi-nationally funded institutions accredited by NATO. They train and educate leaders and specialists from NATO member and partner countries, assist in doctrine development, identify lessons learned, improve interoperability and capabilities, and test and validate concepts through experimentation. They offer recognized expertise and experience that is of benefit to the Alliance and support the transformation of NATO, while avoiding the duplication of assets, resources and capabilities already present within the NATO command structure.
Although not part of the NATO command structure, they are part of a wider framework supporting NATO Command Arrangements. Designed to complement the Alliance's current resources, Centres of Excellence cover a wide variety of areas, with each one focusing on a specific field of expertise to enhance NATO capabilities. The overall responsibility for Centres of Excellence coordination and utilization within NATO lies with Allied Command Transformation, in co-ordination with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
Allied Command Transformation is in charge of the establishment, accreditation, preparation of candidates for approval, and periodic assessments of the centres. The establishment of a Centre of Excellence is a straightforward procedure. Normally, one or more members decide to establish a Centre of Excellence. The idea then moves into the concept development phase. During this phase the "Framework Nation" or "Nations" fleshes out the concept to Allied Command Transformation by providing information such as the area of specialization, the location of the potential Centre of Excellence and how it will support NATO transformation.
The primary purpose of Centres of Excellence is to assist with transformation within the Alliance, while avoiding the duplication of assets, resources and capabilities already present within the NATO command structure. They generally specialize in one functional area and act as subject matter experts in their field of expertise. They distribute their in-depth knowledge through training, conferences, seminars, concepts, doctrine, lessons learned and papers.
In addition to giving NATO and partner country leaders and units the opportunity to augment their education and training, Centres of Excellence also help the Alliance to expand interoperability, increase capabilities, aid in the development of doctrine and standards, conduct analyses, evaluate lessons-learned and experiment in order to test and verify concepts.
NATO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION (STO)
Acts as NATO’s principal organization for science and technology research.
Defence Science and Technology (S&T), in the context of NATO, is defined as the selective and rigorous generation and application of state-of-the-art, validated knowledge for Defence and Security purposes. The term is broadly inclusive of the physical, engineering, information, human, medical and social sciences.
NATO S&T is comprised of activities that contribute to the generation and exploitation of scientific knowledge and technological innovation, addressing the short-, medium- and long-term horizon. NATO S&T includes programmes and activities that Nations, NATO bodies and Partners elect to perform within the trusted NATO framework. NATO S&T serves the Security and Defence posture of the Nations and NATO, and supports the core tasks of the Alliance as set out in the Strategic Concept. The vast majority of NATO S&T work is funded directly by the Nations.
NATO ARMY ARMAMENTS GROUP (NAAG)
The basic mission of the NAAG is to support nations achieving the objectives of the NATO Land Forces armaments cooperation. Through its formal and informal subordinate groups, the NAAG promotes interoperability of Alliance as well as Partner Armed Forces by means of information exchange, materiel standardization, and copoperation activities.
Tha NAAG structure consists of various expert working groups whose annual meetings are traditionally being organised within the FUTURE FORCES FORUM in Prague in order to support the information exchange and networking of the subject matter experts from military, industry, and academia.
The NATO Army Armaments Group (AC/225-NAAG) is one of the three Main Armaments Groups (MAG) subordinate to NATO's Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD).
NAAG LAND CAPABILITY GROUP DISMOUNTED SOLDIER SYSTEMS (LCG DSS)
Over 200 international experts, members of national acquisition systems and standardization offices from more than 28 NATO Allies and partner nations in the area of individual systems - equipment, protection and armament.
LCG DSS Experts Cover:
- Combat Clothing, Individual Equipment & Protection – All issues related to the combat clothing, individual equipment and protective equipment of dismounted soldier systems. The main scope is a key component of Integrated Personal Protection.
- Small Arms Ammunition Interchangeability – All technical aspects of Small and Cannon Calibre Ammunition (up to and including 40 mm and the ancillary items such as links, clips, magazines, bandoliers, boxes, etc.).
- Soldier Capabilities Analysis Group – Assessing the operational needs of coalition tactical dismounted forces.
- C4I & System Architecture – Identifying and maintaining interoperability between soldier systems and between soldier systems and tactical vehicles. Interfaces include plugs, connectors and electrical and data exchange protocols, digitization and the ability to transfer battlefield information between soldiers during dismounted operations of nations.
- Weapons & Sensors – Issues related to soldier's weapon systems, grenades and shoulder launched and guided anti-tank weapons, as well as dedicated sensors including day and night sights, laser designators, tactical lights and fire control systems. Weapon system includes the weapon itself, different types of ammunition and the dedicated accessories, the interface of weapons and sensors with the various other parts of the soldier system and relevant Combat ID related Standards. The W&S Sub Group has two Teams of Experts - Sensor ToE; Suppressor ToE.
- Power & Connectors – Identification of soldier system power connectivity requirements, development of power and data electrical connectivity standards and common format power sources. Their emphasis is on providing power to the dismounted soldier and soldier systems within a coalition operation.
- There are also various Ad Hoc groups or Teams of Experts and/or Quick Reaction Teams as necessary to accomplish its mission
NAAG JOINT NON-LETHAL WEAPONS CAPABILITY GROUP (JNLWCG)
JNLWCG is responsible for Non Lethal Weapons Capabilities (NLWC) across the full spectrum of military operations and operating environments.
The Joint Non Lethal Weapons Capabilities Group is a permanent group of experts open to Interoperability Partners, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, South Korea, Japan and Singapore. This group is the focal point for all activities related to Non-Lethal Weapons Capabilities in the NATO Army Armaments Group (NAAG) and across the Materiel Armament Groups (MAGs).
Its mission is to improve NATO Non-Lethal Capabilities. Principally, this will be achieved through information exchange on national NLWC activities, standardization of NLWC materiel, support to NLWC-related doctrine development, support to operations and identification/promotion of cooperative activities.
The JNLWCG has three sub-groups and teams of experts:
- Milimeter Wave ToE
- NLKE ToE
- E&O + C&D ToE
NATO DETECTION, IDENTIFICATION AND MONITORING PANEL (DIMP)
The DIMP mission is to provide technical and operational advice, foster interoperability, and establish technical and operational standards in the areas of CBRN detection, sampling, identification, and monitoring, including supportive actions against the proliferation of CBRN substances. The body also identifies new CBRND Capability Requirements, which includes providing information (up to unequivocal proof) concerning the first use of Biological, Chemical and Radiological agents, to NATO political and military authorities to support timely decision making.
The DIMP is one of the most important subordinate panels to JCBRND-CDG which is one of the most important NATO CBRN Capability Development working groups. The panel consists of about 45 international experts.
NATO HAZARD MANAGEMENT PANEL (HMP)
The JCBRND-CDG has seven subordinated panels that cover the responsibilities of the JCBRND-CDG in support of the Alliance’s prevention of the proliferation of WMD and defending against CBRN Threats. The Hazard Management Panel is one of the JCBRND-CDG sub-panels and consists of about 25 international experts.
NATO COMEDS CBRN MEDICAL WORKING GROUP
NATO CBRN Medical Working Group was established under COMEDS (Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO) as a group responsible for standardization of all NATO activities dealing with the health protection against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The internationally recognized experts in the medical area of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear issues from more than 15 NATO and non-NATO nations are actively working in this WG.
Main Topics Discussed:
- Creation and development of standardization documents for all activities and procedures dealing with health protection against CBRN warfare agents for NATO operations
- Identification of gaps dealing with the health protection and medical countermeasures against CBRN warfare agents
- Identification of the trends in the development of CBRN medical countermeasures (means and procedures)
NATO BIOLOGICAL MEDICAL EXPERT PANEL
- Coordinates standardization work in the biological medical defence field.
- Provide useful forum for nations to share information on their R&D programs.
- Provide subject matter expertise on biological aspect of multiples STANAG and A Med P ranging from the burial needs of infectious p
atients to the safe aeromedical evacuation of biological casualties.
- Conduct tabletop medical planning and response exercises, in support of NATO and Mil Med COE Exercises: Vigorous warrior 2015 and 2017, Clean Care 2016, Trident Juncture 2018, etc.
- Forum for distributing the lessons learned from CBRN field exercises.
NATO MILITARY COMMITTEE LAND STANDARDIZATION BOARD - HELICOPTER INTERSERVICE WORKING GROUP
Land Standardization Board (MCLSB)
The mission of the Military Committee Land Standardization Board is to foster NATO military operational standardization initiatives within the LAND area of responsibility, with the aim of achieving optimal interoperability of Alliance and, where appropriate, other Military forces
Helicopter Interservice Working Group (HISWG)
Develops doctrine and procedures for tri-service and multinational helicopter operations. The HIS WG addresses multiple helicopter issues such as: pilot training, joint anti-armour operations, airmobile operations, search and rescue and helicopter logistic support.
MILITARY VETRONICS ASSOCIATION (MILVA)
The Military Vetronics Association or MILVA is an association of government agencies and industries promoting Vehicle Electronics (Vetronics) in the military environment. MILVA includes the MILVA Government Group consisting of governmental participants of MILVA. MILVA provides an open forum to its members and guests and publishes guidelines and standards on Vetronics issues. MILVA conducts a close cooperation to NATO through the Land Capability Group Land Engagement.
The objectives of MILVA are:
Establish and maintain an open forum for key proponents of the data communications, electronics and defense industry and allied government agencies
Assess existing/emerging data communications technology with respect to the needs of military ground vehicles (timing constraints, message profiles, throughput)
Determine the data distribution characteristics of optimal Vetronics systems by considering alternate architectural configurations and performance requirements of future and emerging systems
Establish policy/standards to facilitate cost effective and efficient solutions for military vehicle data communications
Maintain liaisons with Industrial Standardization Bodies
Maintain liaisons with military ground vehicle program management
EDA PROJECT TEAM MEDICAL
The Project Team (PT) Medical of the European Defence Agency (EDA) aims to provide a structured approach for further work by increasing the exchange of information on developments in the area of medical support between participating Member States (pMS). It does this by identifying potential new issues and projects with the scope to enhance medical cooperation and capabilities among pMS by pooling and sharing military medical capabilities.
Project Teams Medical bring together experts from the pMS in a medical capability area in order to identify potential fields of cooperation, assess the feasibility of cooperative activities and harmonise military needs. PT Medical facilitate a coordinated and overarching approach to all on-going and future activities in the field of medical support with the aim:
Increase the exchange of information between participants on developments in the area of medical support.
Provide a structured approach for further work.
Identify potential new issues and projects to be addressed by the members.
Overseeing and shaping the work of the related Ad Hoc Working Groups.
Ensure coherence between the different fields of activity.
EDA PROJECT TEAM NON-LETHAL CAPABILITIES
EDA’s Project Team (PT) NLC was set up in October 2007 and it is the only European standing forum where approx. 15 Member States' military experts regularly meet to address matters of common interest related to non-lethal capabilities and technology, by applying the capability-based-approach in its various development lines (concept, equipment, training, scientific research, technology developments). The PT NLC work is focusing on the following three main strands: a) concepts development & harmonization, b) NLC’s development & fielding & employment in deployed military operations and c) training.
In this perspective, the PT NLC is a hub that facilitate synergy of efforts among Member States related to the multinational cooperation in developing and fielding NLC within MS’s military forces. PT NLC is also facilitating the European defense industry to become more innovative and competitive in developing and validating new non-lethal technologies and capabilities by facilitating their participation at the PT meetings and projects.
MS’s military forces need to know prior to deployment in operations how to handle and employ the NLC assets. In this respect, education and training is essential to avoid misuse in the employment of non-lethal assets during military operations. Accordingly, the training work strand is identified by the PT participating Member States as a main priority of action aiming to facilitate a common operational approach in using NLC in land based CSDP operations.