The UK's programme to
enhance military capability by better exploitation of information.
ability to gather knowledge; to share it in a common and
comprehensible form with our partners; to assess and refine
it to turn into knowledge; to pass it to the people who need
it in an edited, focussed form; and to do it in a timescale
necessary to enable relevant decisions to be made in the
most economic and efficient manner"
8 Nov 01
Introduction - The NEC information
The aim of NEC is to enhance military
capability by the better exploitation of information. Key
drivers include UK Effects Based Operations (EBO) research and
the US Network Centric Warfare initiative (NCW).
The use of information can be seen in the context of a set of
basic, dynamic processes common to all military operations:
The direct and indirect sensing of a situation by multiple diverse
(which will include people).
The generation and maintenance of a common perception of the situation,
allowing shared awareness across the battlespace.
Adynamic, distributed decision making process at all levels of
The co-ordination of all forms of effect in the battlespace
to achieve a shared objective.
"Linking sensors, decision
makers and weapon systems so that information can be translated
into synchronised and overwhelming military effect at optimum
Network Enabled Capability
vs. Network Centric Warfare
NEC shares the same tenets as NCW:
- A robustly networked force improves information sharing.
- Information sharing and collaboration improves Shared Situational
- SSA improves synchronisation and thereby mission effectiveness.
- NEC does not seek to place the network at the centre of
capability in the same
doctrinal way as NCW.
- NEC only has value when set in an operational context...
ie it enables the work
- NEC is concerned with evolving capability through pragmatic
steps towards a
"NCW Developing and Leveraging Information Superiority" is available
from the US
Command and Control Research
Program (CCRP) website.
Core NEC Themes
The development of NEC has been arranged under a number of core
themes, each capturing a related subset of the overal NEC vision.
Full Information Availability - Enabling a user
to search, manipulate and exchange information of different classifications
captured by, or available in, all sources internal and external
to the battlespace.
Shared Awareness - Providing a shared understanding
and interpretation of a situation, the intensions of friendly forces,
and the potential courses of action amongst all elements in the
Flexible Working - Enabling assets to rapidly
reconfigure to meet changing mission needs, allowing them to work
together with minimum disruption and confusion.
Agile Mission Groups - Enabling the dynamic creation
and configuration of Mission Groups that share awareness and that
co-ordinate and employ a wide range of systems for a specific mission.
Synchronised Effects - Achieving overwhelming
effects within and between Mission Groups by co-ordinating the
most appropriate assets available in the battlespace through dynamic
distributed planning and execution.
Effects Based Planning - Taking an approach to
planning that focuses on the use of military and non-military effects
required against an enemy, and is integrated with other planning
processes in the battlespace.
Resilient Information Infrastructure - Ensuring
information resources can be managed and that secure and assured
access is provided with the flexibility to meet the needs of Agile
Fully Networked Support - Allowing the ready
use of non-frontline government bodies, industry, academia and
public service capabilities to support operations.
Inclusive Flexible Acquisition - Co-ordinating
process across MOD, OGDs and industry that promotes the rapid insertion
of new technologies, facilitates coherence between acquisition
programmes and provides an incremental approach to delivering 'net-ready
The challenges of delivering the UK's aspirations for NEC are
considerable, and require co-ordinated action from a wide range
of stakeholders and authorities.
Dstl and QinetiQ are actively pursuing research into a wide range
of issues grouped under the core NEC themes.
NEC will affect the acquistion and development of many equipment
programmes. Co-ordinating these activities represents a considerable
challenge for both the military customer and procurement organisations.
The Integration Authority and DEC CCII, as the core capability
DEC, will both play pivotal roles in the implementation of NEC.
Co-ordinated experimentation, involving research demonstrators,
fielded systems and industry prototypes will be central to accelerating
the development of requirements and delivery of capability.
Concepts and Doctrine
Delivering the full benefits of NEC, will require development
of operational concepts and doctrine; this important aspect is
being led by the UK's Joint Doctrine and Concepts Centre (JDCC).
Industry partners have a key role to play in many aspects of NEC,
including experimentation and delivery of systems.
Many nations are currently studying and undertaking similar network
related/network centric warfare developments. The UK will forge
relationships with these nations to share research, leverage experimentation
and build coalition capability.
The advantages of implementing a network enabled force include
having precision of control, precision in applying force, rapidity
of effect, the force multiplier effect, improved force protection
and improved combat effectiveness.
These benefits will mean a shift in the Balance of Investment
towards increasing the integration rather than the effect of
weapons and sensors.
NEC "encompasses the elements required to deliver controlled
and precise military effect rapidly and reliably. At its heart
are three elements: sensors (to gather information); a network
(to fuse, communicate and exploit information); and strike assets
to deliver military effect. The key is the ability to collect,
fuse and disseminate accurate, timely and relevant information
with much greater rapidity (sometimes only a matter of minutes
or even in "real time") to help provide a common understanding
among commanders at all levels".
Secretary of State for Defence
Strategic Defence Review New Chapter
"NEC allows platforms and C2 capabilities to exploit
shared awareness and collaborative planning, to communicate and
understand command intent, and to enable seamless battlespace
management. It will underpin decision superiority and the delivery
of rapid and synchronised effects in the joint and multinational
Major General Rob Fulton
Capability Manager (Information Superiority)
30 April 2002
NEC will be a key enabler of:
Tempo matched to need, a highly reactive
force, smaller agile units, smaller in theatre forces, better
utilisation of resources, truly joint operations at all levels,
synchronisation of effects, reduction in fratricide and a fully
Outline Concept, Part 1 - Background and Programme of Work
The NEC Outline Concept - Part 1, introduces Network Enabled
Capability (NEC). It sets out the origins and purposes of the
UK NEC initiative, and contrasts it with the US Network Centric
Warfare (NCW) concept. It then summarises the work undertaken
to date and charts future research intiatives.
Outline Concept, Part 2 - NEC Conceptual Framework
The NEC Outline Concept -
Part 2, details the work done to explain the fundamentals of
NEC. It outlines the military aspirations for UK forces and
describes the NEC themes required to acheive them.
The NEC flyer v5.0
The NEC flyer is a distributive pamphlet detailing the main
points in this website. To obtain a copy please contact the
NEC concept project manager.
of systems map v2.21
The Quality of systems map is a top-level view of the information
network that links the key components of our equipment capability.
Quality of Service Map
order to assist in a common understanding of NEC, MoD sponsers
wished to create a model of the information network that links
the key components of our equipment capability. This is seen as
the top-level view of the network, complementary to the detailed
systems and technical components on which work is in progress within
Source: UK MoD
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