Overarching Architecture at NATO as foundation for Service-Oriented Enterprise

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Capgemini leverages its Integrated Architecture Framework to streamline a best practice approach.

“In order to achieve real collaboration, it is essential that people, organizations
and services work together seamlessly.”   
Olaf Kruidhof, Senior Systems Architect, NATO C3 Agency

The Situation

NATO’s medium to long-term (up to 15 years) requirements warrant an interoperable
capability to meet the political consultation, crisis management, civil emergency
planning, and military command and control needs of the Alliance.

In order to meet and manage these requirements the organization uses an overarching
architecture (OA) to develop and maintain a top-down description of the desired
configuration of the NATO C3 (Consultation, Command & Control) System.

The Solution

NATO’s OA has been developed by applying the Agency’s Architecture Engineering
Methodology (AEM), an amalgamation of best practice from industry as well as academia,
and including Capgemini’s Integrated Architecture Framework. The architecture
products are formatted according to the NATO Architecture Framework

The Result

The OA was developed using a Service-Oriented approach. All types of services
are included: Operational/Business, Information, User/IS and Technical Infrastructure.

The scope of services coming under the OA umbrella is now being extended to include
NATO Network Enabled Capabilities (NNEC). NNEC encompasses elements like linking
collectors, effectors and decision makers together and enable development of a
NATO, network-centric, effects-based, operational capability composed of multi-national


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