FMN is a strategic transformation programme initiated by NATO in 2015 that is intended to serve as the overarching guideline for the setup and establishment of federated operations in relation to NATO C2 (command and control). The FMN programme enables and increases both the efficiency and effectiveness of information exchange before and during operations (coalition missions) between participating states. The FMN framework seeks to achieve all-encompassing structures, effective processes, state-of-the-art architectures, pragmatic plans and templates and technical/technological solutions (components and tools). The FMN portfolio for ‘day-zero capabilities’ (plug and play interoperability) is always highlighted as the primary goal.
The FMN programme currently unites not only NATO and NATO states, but also non-member states involved in joint foreign missions. It is based on an incremental approach designed to update and/or further develop the maturity of the FMN framework in a consistent and targeted manner. This approach is determined by the documented maturity level (FMN Spirals). Every Spiral has milestones (e.g. draft, candidate, proposed, standard) in order to certify the maturity levels of a Spiral version. The FMN programme started with the Spiral 1 version in 2015 and has now finalised with the Spiral 4 version.
FMN and dainox
dainox has been involved in the FMN programme since autumn 2015. dainox experts primarily assume predefined SME roles (subject matter experts) within different FMN syndicates. Their responsibilities within these manufacturer-independent, technology and standard-oriented working groups is to introduce specialist expertise which primarily drives technological, needs-based development of the FMN specifications.
The regular verification phases during the official NATO FMN tests are also part of the dainox FMN activities. In addition, we have also created the ‘fieldable’ prototypes in accordance with the current FMN specifications for network and network-related services as well as audio and video collaboration and successfully demonstrated them several times over in the multinational FMN environment.
The aforementioned FMN activities as well as the recurring tasks of reviews and assessments of NATO STANAG for national solutions have been the solid foundation for prompt and forward-looking product development for many years. dainox product development for the German Armed Forces is based primarily on our SDMN (software-defined mission networking) concept. SDMN enables us to be flexible and economical as well as prompt and service-focused in the design of our deployable products and solutions in accordance with the progress of the FMN specifications.
For further information concerning FMN, the following sources are publicly available on the internet: