NATO operations are very often in the environment with terrorist activity or hybrid warfare at large that post serious threat to forces and civilian population, additionally increasing the risk of the operation and force protection. This is the reason to consider increased importance of the CIMIC aspect of the C4ISR capability for the deployed troops. This is a tool to help in two directions. First – information from the military common operating picture shared with civilian authorities could be very useful in prevention of terrorist activities, starting with recruitment of rebels. Second – receiving situational awareness from civilian authorities (local police and others) is improving capacity to provide force protection for NATO troops. NCIA as the main provider of capabilities and services in C4ISR domain is working both with NATO Command Structure and Troop contributing nations to NATO operations to develop effective solutions in this area, but because of dynamic and diversity of the environment challenges are enormous. So, collaborative environment based on DNBL (distributed network of battle labs) is propose as an adaptive tool to evolutionary develop and deploy CIMIC tools with strong involvement of civilian partners – from police and academic/NGO community to industry. These capabilities range from social network screening to cyber defence, C-IED information sharing and JISR, physical protection information, forensics and other areas.
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