On the 15 and 16 October 2019, the second biannual Communication Information System (CIS) meeting was hosted by Italy and met at the Italian Air Force Base Poggio Renatico.
The aim of these CIS SME meetings is to increase the interoperability between the 7 EAG nations in the CIS domain, through developing specific tasks, projects and activities that cover the common needs of the EAG nations.
Several objectives were covered during the meeting. Firstly, the meeting reviewed the achievements of the recent CIS interoperability exercise, VOLCANEX CIS 19 which was held in Woensrecht in the Netherlands from 01 to 12 July 2019, with successful results in different areas as radio, SATCOM and Mission network based in FMN architecture. Then, the SMEs scrutinized different subjects, such as EAG CIS manuals, EUROVOX and VTC projects. The formal meeting contained a valuable ‘Action Items’ review session to specify the nations’ contributions to the different activities, with commitments to reach CIS interoperability goals at the tactical and operational level. Finally, the meeting looked to the future, planning the future EAG events such as VOLCANEX CIS 20 and VOLCANEX CIS 21, and potential future EAG projects.
Photograph by Italian Air Force
As the Meeting was being hosted by Italy in Poggio Renatico, the attendees were provided with the opportunity to visit the Italian Air Operations Centre, Italian Joint Force Air Command, Deployable Air Command and Control Centre, and the European Personal Recovery Centre. The nations´ CIS Specialists expressed interest in the wide range of CIS equipment used in the units, and how they are operated by the personnel.
A lesson learnt from our recent experiences in conflicts, is that CIS equipment and personnel are essential in any operation, especially in far-off deployments. One of the purposes of the EAG CIS meetings and VOLCANEX exercises is to focus on increasing interoperability between the EAG nations in the CIS arena, so that EAG nations are increasingly able to quickly and efficiently deploy the tactical CIS units necessary to support a Deployable Operational Base (DOB).