Sweden is at the forefront of efforts to develop network enhanced capabilities (NEC) with its own Network-Based Defense (NBD) concept. It is therefore not surprising that it is the first non-NATO country (albeit a member of the alliance's Partnership for Peace program) hosting a live NEC experiment between NATO and Swedish civilian and military forces. Taking place in Enkoping, Sweden, on 24-25 September, the experiment will demonstrate a NEC system federating civilian and military information systems.
The live experiment will take place to the backdrop of a scenario practicing the protection of a mass public event from multiple land, sea and air threats: a suspect boat, rogue aircraft, a hijacked truck, and a chemical accident involving another truck. The experiment will demonstrate interoperability between civilian and military systems in near-real time in a crisis situation.
Participants will share a common operational picture. Civilian protection units will have access to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data from NATO's Multinational Aerospace Joint ISR Interoperability Coalition (MAJIIC) project, while NATO will receive Swedish civilian air and maritime sensor information. The Swedish air picture will be combined with air tracks from a NATO E-3A airborne warning and control system participating in the experiment.
The exercise aims to stimulate the development of NATO Network Enhanced Capabilities (NNEC) and Sweden's NBD and prepare for possible future combined operations like those of the NATO Response Force.