An industry consortium will support NATO’s effort to create common networking.

The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium will work with NATO’s Allied Command Transformation on an initiative to enhance interoperability for NATO’s Federated Mission Networking (FMN) project, which aims to boost information sharing and thus improve command and control.

NCOIC will assess the interoperability of various FMN systems. “When FMN affiliates get products and services that work together before acquisition, they can lower or eliminate the investment needed for integration. NCOIC has shown that fixing interoperability issues after system acquisition can add up to 40 percent in integration costs,” said a consortium news release.

Interoperability assessment will be based on a vendor’s product testing that takes place as part of the normal quality manufacturing process. “NCOIC verification will help companies understand interoperability is a basic requirement and that products are more likely to be acquired if they have test evidence confirming it,” said NCOIC Chief Financial Officer Tip Slater. “Verification won’t create significant costs and will enable businesses to deliver on the basic FMN interoperability requirements.”