CoNSIS - Coalition Network for Secure Information Sharing
CoNSIS is a multilateral cooperation project based on a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministries of Defence of France, Germany, Norway and the United States of America. The objective of this project has been to develop, implement, test, and demonstrate technologies and methods that will facilitate the participants' abilities to share information and services securely in ad-hoc coalitions, and between military and civil communication systems, within the communications constraints of mobile tactical forces.
The project is in step with the migration towards Network Enabled Capabilities (NEC) in the participating countries. As such, CoNSIS aligns with the overarching objective of the NATO NEC (NNEC) to enhance the Alliance’s ability to federate various capabilities at all levels, military (strategic to tactical) and civilian through networking and information infrastructure. In essence, CoNSIS strives to enable collaboration and secure information sharing among users that reduce the decision-cycle time. In terms of technology, the intention of the participating nations has been to utilize, to the maximum extent possible, commercial standards to minimize interoperability difficulties. Only those elements of the technical architecture which are not available from the open market have been investigated, and developed.
The work performed under this project, has been conducted in five tasks focusing on architectures – the overall to-be system architecture and test-and-demonstration architecture (Task 5), networks and radios (Task 1), information infrastructure (Task 2), security (Task 3) and management (Task 5). Phase 1 of CoNSIS concluded with two-week field experimentation in Greding, Germany in June 2012.