NATO C2COE representative LtCol (NLD N MC) Frank Gubbels participated in the 13th Operational Coordination Working Group (OCWG) meeting in Bodø, Norway. The OCWG collects and defines the future capabilities of the Federated Mission Networking (FMN) endeavor. The idea behind FMN is that participating nations, NATO and non-NATO, called Affiliates agree upon the way that forces “connect” to rapidly achieve the operational effectiveness. The OCWG focuses on the operator’s requirements for organisation-crossing processes and related information-streams in order to enable federated decision-making, controlling and effecting.
The meeting was dynamic with a good interaction of representatives from different nations. Unfortunately not all Affiliates were represented, an enduring issue. The active syndicates which draft Operational Instructions to inform capability development presented feedback on their progress. Harmonization of their documents is on its way. Representatives received an impression about future opportunities of Artificial Intelligence which have to be converted into operational requirements. The NATO C2COE Future of the Command Post studies will be helpful in defining these requirements. During the meeting some functional communities (Fire Support and Intel/BICES) were present “to connect”. Also the CPWG “Tactical Edge” syndicate was present to explain their position. At the moment the OCWG meeting seems to move towards a consent/discussion body, a filter for the nations, whilst in the time in between meetings, the syndicates in close coordination with other working groups will do their work.
The NATO C2COE contribution to the OCWG, which is now improving and overcoming the obstacles, will be expanded.