O-102 Ed2 The Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center (MSIAC)
Since its founding over 15 years ago, the NATO Insensitive Munitions Information Center (NIMIC) has been dedicated to the acquisition, compilation and analysis of information pertaining to insensitive munitions (IM). NIMIC has effectively supported the development and implementation of IM technologies. However, as more NIMIC nations began to view IM as a normal part of the continuous improvement of munitions safety, the NIMIC Steering Committee saw a need to adapt NIMIC as well.
NIMIC recently completed its transition into the Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center (MSIAC). The Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU), which formalized the transition, was approved by the 11 member nations in December 2004. MSIAC now has a broadened scope to collate, review and analyze munitions safety related information across the whole lifecycle of munitions. IM still remains a key focus area, since IM technologies will continue to be key drivers to enhanced munitions safety.
The products and services of MSIAC are free to government and approved defense contractors in MSIAC participating nations. 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.