The objective of MN CD2 is to facilitate the development of cyber defence capabilities in the nations and NATO through a collaborative effort. It provides a vehicle for the nations to focus their efforts in areas of their choice, and within any monetary constraints, while maintaining an overall approach and achieving a well-balanced cyber defence capability.
This programme is established with a management structure executing the primary coordination and interface activities required to align the various national and NATO efforts. This includes coordination of all facets of capability development including research, design and engineering, testing and experimentation, verification, procurement preparation, and procurement. In addition, the programme ensures interoperability through validation and/or certification of the capabilities and in particular the interoperability interfaces.
The following Nations are currently participating in MN CD2: Canada (lead Nation), Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and Romania.
The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency connects forces, NATO and Nations, where and when required by providing interoperable Communications and Information Systems and services.
The NCI Agency is the provider of NATO-wide IT services and state-of-the-art C4ISR capabilities including Cyber and Missile Defence. In strengthening the Alliance, the Agency applies industry best practices and provides a full life-cycle approach: from analysis and concept development, through experimentation and Capability Development, to operations and maintenance for both missions and exercises. The NCI Agency is a key pillar of NATO Secretary General’s Smart Defence and Connected Forces initiatives.
Under the MN CD2 legal framework the NCI Agency acts as an enabler and a coordination agent and is fully committed to the success of the MN CD2 Initiative.
NCI Agency support will span from running the MN CD2 Project Office to providing project management, contracting, legal and technical support to any work package under execution.
The NCI Agency will also facilitate discussions between MN CD2 and the NATO Cyber Defence community and will strive to ensure that MN CD2 work packages leverage any relevant activity conducted under NATO common funding so as to avoid duplication or overlap of activities.