O-102 Ed1 The Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center (MSIAC)

August 2005
Duncan Watt (Energetic Materials)

The NATO Insensitive Munitions Information Center (NIMIC) has been dedicated to the acquisition, compilation and analysis of information related to Insensitive Munitions. Since its foundation over 15 years ago, it has effectively supported the development and implementation of IM technologies. As more NIMIC nations are now viewing IM as a normal part of the continuous improvement of munitions safety, the name and role of NIMIC is changing.

The NIMIC office has gradually been transitioning into the Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center (MSIAC). The Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to formalize the transition was approved by the 11 member nations in late 2004a. The NATO MSIAC has a broadened scope to collate, review and analyse munitions safety related information across the whole life cycle of munitions. IM will still be a key focus of the center, with IM technologies continuing to be key drivers to enhance weapons safety.

The numerous products and services of MSIAC are free to government and approved defense contractors in the participating nations. With the formal arrangements to allow Germany to join the MSIAC group almost complete, this paper will provide a review of the history of NIMIC/MSIAC, details of the project office and an introduction to some of the tools and services available to munitions safety-related personnel within MSIAC nations.

Germany will join MSIAC in late 2005; all of the products and services offered by MSIAC will then become fully accessible.

Presentation & publication details: 
This paper was presented at the 36th International Annual Conference of ICT held in Karlsruhe, Germany on 28 June 28-1 July 2005