NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A)

Agence de consultation, de commandement et de conduite des opérations de l'OTAN

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Established 1 July 1996, Brussels (Belgium), as NATO Command, Control and Communications Agency -- Agence OTAN de commandement, contrôle et consultation, within the framework of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), on merger of NATO Communications and Information Systems Agency (NACISA) with SHAPE Technical Centre (STC) and under policy direction of NATO C3 Board. Establishment followed decision of North Atlantic Council (NAC) and signature of an agreement, 18 Mar 1996, The Hague (Netherlands). Previously also referred to as NATO C3 Agency. As of July 2012, merged into NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency).


Perform central planning, systems integration, design, systems engineering, technical support and configuration control for NATO C3 systems and installations; provide scientific and technical advice to the Strategic Commands (SC) and other customers on matters pertaining to operations research, surveillance, command and control including theatre missile defence, electronic warfare and airborne early warning and control, and communications and information systems, including technical support for exercises and for unforeseen operations assigned to the NATO Military Authorities (NMA) by the North Atlantic Council (NAC); perform technical policy and standardization work in support of the NATO C3 Board and its sub-structure towards the development and maintenance of the NATO Interoperability Framework (NIF); procure and implement projects.

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Organized on the basis of an integrated life-cycle approach to the provision of C3 capability. Life-cycle system consists of 4 phases: Conception; Definition; Procurement; Usage. 'Integrated Programme Staff' is the Agency's coordinating focal point and is composed of 8 Programme Teams each corresponding to one of the business segments. Their role is to bring about synergy, coordination and integration across existing internal and external organizational boundaries throughout the entire life-cycle of a C3 capability. 'Operations Research Division' provides services ranging from studies of future military concepts and requirements to detailed support for ongoing operations. It brings to bear acute operation research expertise and other analytical techniques to complex military problems. 'Command and Control Systems Division' provides essential scientific and technical support in the areas of command and control (C2) technology, sensors and surveillance, and theatre missile defence. Integrated Command and Control (ICC) system, installed in over 130 operational locations, assists in planning, tasking and monitoring of air operations and surface-to-air missile activities. 'Communications and Information Systems Division' provides scientific and technical support in the areas of fixed and mobile communications and transmission systems, information security, electronic warfare and information processing. Work encompasses CIS architectural, structural and integration issues and their relevance to the progressive acquisition of CIS capabilities. 'Acquisition Division' brings together project management, technical, contracting and logistics expertise to the customer-oriented projects. These projects and procurements concern mainly CIS equipment and air defence radars for NATO military commands, organizations and the various NATO nations. The division is composed of a mixture of civilian and military staff.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members in 19 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Agency
  • Information
    • Expertise
  • Societal Problems
    • Prevention
  • Research, Standards
    • Inspection, Tests
  • Defence
    • Defence
    • NATO Bodies
    • Command
    • War
  • Cybernetics
    • Control
    • Cybernetics
  • Technology
    • Electronics
  • Strategy
    • Strategy

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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