Network Enabled Capability
Network Enabled Capability, or NEC, is the name given to the
United KingdomMinistry of Defence intent to achieve enhanced military effect through the better use of information systemstowards the goal of "right information, right place, right time - and not too much".
NEC is envisaged as the coherent integration of
sensors, decision-makers, effectors and support capabilities to achieve a more flexible and responsive military. In this future vision commanders will be better aware of the evolving military situation and will be able to react to events through voice and data communications.
NEC is a long-term change programme. It will be some years until the communications systems, information systems, operational procedures and knowledge will come together into this improved approach to UK military operations.
NEC is related to the US concept of
network-centric warfare(NCW), which at the time was described as "translating an information advantage into a decisive warfighting advantage". More recent US thinking has moved towards the vision of network-centric operations (NCO) which reflects that not all military activity is warfighting, for example peacekeeping.
NEC is related to the Australian concept of
Ubiquitous command and control(UC2), which includes not only network enabled capability, but network enabled intent, and network enabled awareness. UC2 extends the "networking position" of NEC and NCW, to include positions on decision devolution; embracing the ubiquity of available decision makers; a future of computing in achieving that ubiquity; the necessary human-computer integration in decision making; decentralisation of intent and physical dispersion; social coordination protocols to unify intent, capability and awareness; and management levels to bound behaviours.
In Sweden the armed forces are being transformed in a closely related program labeled
Network Based Defence. [http://www.fmv.se/WmTemplates/Page.aspx?id=1416]
The principal publicly available reference on NEC is [http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/ScienceandTechnologyPublications/NEC/Jsp777NetworkEnabledCapability.htm Joint Services Publication 777 Edition 1] , available online from the Ministry of Defence.
* [http://www.baesystems.com/insyte/ BAE Systems NEC]
* [http://www.qinetiq.com/home/defence/interoperability_network_enabled_capability/network_enabled_capability.html QinetiQ NEC]
* [http://www.roke.co.uk/defence/nec.asp Roke manor NEC]
* [http://www.thalesgroup.co.uk/thales_corporate/activities/network-enabled-capability/network-enabled-capability_home.cfm Thales group NEC]
* [http://www.ericsson.com/technology/whitepapers/3064_C4ISR_A.pdf Ericsson white paper: C4ISR for Network-Oriented Defense]
* [http://nec-exhibition.com/informa-announces-the-launch-of-NECE-2008.html NECE 2008]
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