Integrated Munitions Health Management

Utrecht, The Netherlands
03 April 2017 to 05 April 2017

On behalf of the CNAD Ammunition Safety Group, the NATO Munitions Safety Information Analysis Centre (MSIAC) and the UK Defence Ordnance Safety Group (DOSG) are pleased to announce a workshop to establish the scope for the NATO Smart Defence Initiative (SDI) on Integrated Munitions Health Management (IMHM).
The primary goal of the IMHM Smart Defence Initiative (2.102) is to provide a definitive guide to the intelligent management of munitions’ health. This process requires that Nations’ representatives develop a scope for the guide that will ensure that the standard is aligned with technology development, fits with acquisition requirements, facilitates logistics, and increases the availability of the Alliance’s capabilities in the long term. To that end, this workshop will begin the process of defining the scope for the IMHM SDI and establish a structure to produce a sensible guide to foster implementation of IMHM capabilities. Further workshops will follow to finalize the guide.

The aims of the workshop will be:
•    To share current practice in munitions health management across the participating nations
•    Identify national interests and commitment of support to the SDI
•    To agree the detailed SDI goals and plan the work required to achieve these goals
•    To identify the common areas that require standardization and guidance

Integrated Munitions Health Management (IMHM), often combined with lifecycle management is receiving increasing attention in several NATO countries. It has been addressed by several activities within the NATO Collaboration Support Office and the Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel. The importance of IMHM has been recognized by the AVT Strategic Committee, which included this topic in its guidance for action to the AVT Technical Committees.
The Smart Defence Initiative is a result of successful cooperation activities of the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States (Cooperative Demonstration of Technology, AVT-212). The SDI will seek to consolidate the needs of the contributory / involved nations along the structure of a NATO STANAG, and produce a guide to IMHM that will assist all nations in the development and deployment of these technologies in existing and future munition systems.

It is expected that the output of this workshop will be:
•    A thorough understanding of the scope for the SDI,
•    To establish that the product that will result from the SDI (the IMHM Guide) fits in line with best practice, takes account of acquisition and logistics requirements and constraints, and is congruent with developments in technology,
•    To capture national requirements and concerns,
•    To develop a more detailed development plan, define participant nations’ roles, and assign tasks
An interim report will be issued compiling the discussions of the Workshop and any presentations given.

Meeting date
3 to 5 April 2017 (the week of the AC/326 SG/B meeting (6-7 April))

Meeting location
Kromhout Kazerne in Utrecht (Netherlands), at the same location of the SG/B meeting.

Limitations / Classification
The meeting is open to government representatives of NATO nations and MSIAC member nations. The discussions will be at the NATO Unclassified level, and releasable to Australia, Finland and Sweden. If needed, a NATO-only session can be arranged.
We expect the following countries to attend and contribute (based on the Smart Defence commitment and interest expressed in the area): Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and the USA. We also expect contribution from MSIAC and the NATO International Military Staff. Of course, other nations and organisations are warmly invited to attend and contribute.
We wish to attract all the functions involved in or impacted by the IMHM implementation:
•    Acquisition manager
•    Program manager
•    Logisticians (International Military Staff / Logistic committee/ NSPA)
•    Weapons manager (IMS)
•    Weapons Designers/ Life Modelers
•    ISS coordinator
•    Safety authority (AC/326 community)
•    Security community